Q1. Who is eligible to vote in Colorado?
A1. You are eligible to vote if you:
- will be 18 years of age or older at the time of the next election,
- are a United States citizen,
- are a Colorado resident and have lived in your current precinct for at least 30 days before the election, and
- are not serving a sentence of confinement, detention, or parole for a felony conviction.
Q2. Why do I have to register to vote?
A2. Voter registration is a means of determining the candidates and issues for which each voter is eligible to vote. Most states require voters to register to vote a certain number of days prior to Election Day. Voter Registration also protects the integrity of the ballot box by preventing voting in multiple jurisdictions.
Q3. When is the last day to register to vote before an election?
A3. Colorado law does not allow Election Day voter registration. You must be registered to vote at least 29 days before Election Day in order to be eligible to vote in that election.
Q4. How do I register to vote?
A4. Registering to vote is free and easy. If you have a Colorado State driver's license or ID card issued by the Department of Revenue you may register to vote online at www.govotecolorado.com. If you are already a registered voter in Colorado you may confirm your registration at this website. Once your registration is verified, you may update your address, party affiliation or permanent mail-in ballot status online as well.
Printable voter registration forms are also available on the Secretary of State's web site, county clerk and recorder offices, and any federal post office that provided voter registration applications. You may mail, fax, or scan and email your complete and signed form to your county clerk and recorder’s office.
Voter registration is also offered at:
- A Colorado Department of Motor Vehicle office when you apply for a driver's license, or update your driver's license information.
- All offices that provide public assistance; offices that provide state funded programs primarily engaged in providing services to persons with disabilities.
- Recruitment offices of the armed forces of the United States.
- Any federal, state local government, or nongovernment office that chooses to provide voter registration service or applications.
Q5. If I am already registered to vote, do I need to register before each election?
A5. If you have already registered to vote, you do not need to register again. However, if you moved prior to the registration deadline, you will need to update your voter registration and vote in the precinct for your new residence. Colorado electors may now update their voter registration records, including address information, online at www.govotecolorado.com.
If you do not update your residence information before the registration deadline, you may complete a change of address in person at your county clerk and recorder’s office to update your information and vote in your new precinct.
Q6. What does residence mean for purposes of voter registration and voting?
A6. When applied to voter registration, the term residence generally means the principal or primary home or place in which a person lives. A residence is a permanent building or part of a building and may include a house, apartment, condominium, room in a house, mobile home, or building. A homeless elector may use any address within a specific precinct that he/she regularly returns to and has the intent to remain. You must have a residence in order to register to vote. Once that residence is established, it exists until a new residence is established. However, you may not have more than one residence.
Q7. How do I change my residence?
A7. If you have a Colorado driver's license or ID card issued by the Department of Revenue you may update your address online at www.govotecolorado.com. You may also complete and submit a letter or voter registration form (PDF) to your county clerk and recorder, either by mail, fax, email or in person. For more information, please contact your County Election Office.
Q8. If my home is in foreclosure, will I be allowed to vote?
A8. Every eligible elector has the right to vote in Colorado. The fact that your home is in foreclosure has no bearing on your right to vote. It may, however, affect where you vote. If you left your home prior to the registration deadline and have adopted a new residence, you will need to update your voter registration and vote in the precinct for your new residence. How foreclosure may affect voter registration.
Q9. What if I’m in the military or a student?
A9. For the purposes of registration and voting, no person may gain residence because of that person’s presence in the state nor lose it by being absent while in military service or a student at any institution of higher learning.
Q10. I am planning to go away to college, should I wait to register there? Can I remain registered in my hometown if I go away to school?
A10. Colorado law allows college students to keep their voter registration in their hometown and vote by mail-in ballot from college. This choice is up to the student. They may re-register in the jurisdiction where they are attending school, or they may retain their registration in their hometown.
Q11. How do I obtain proof of my voter registration in
A11. You may visit www.govotecolorado.com
and print out your voter record information. Or, you may contact your
elections official for a certificate of registration.
Q12. Is it legal for people to use my address for their voter registration even though they don’t live here anymore?
A12. Yes. In many circumstances, it is the only address they can use for voter registration. For example, a member of the armed services stationed out of state or a student attending school abroad who formerly resided at your address, may use that address for voter registration and voting purposes.
Q13. My family member is deceased, but his or her name is still active in the Colorado statewide voter registration system. How can I have his or her name canceled?
A13. A family member of the deceased elector may send written signed notice to the county clerk’s office where the deceased voter is registered. The notice should include the full name, date of birth, and address of the deceased elector.
Q14. What are the penalties for voting or registering to vote if I am ineligible?
A14. It is unlawful for any person to procure false voter registration. A violation could result in a fine of up to $5,000, or imprisonment in the county jail for up to 18 months, or both. Any person who votes in an election knowing that they are not entitled to vote commits a class 5 felony. See sections 1-13-203 and 1-13-704.5, C.R.S.
Q15. Besides registering to vote and voting on Election Day, how can I be more involved in the election process?
A15. If you are 18 years of age, you can serve your community as an election judge. If you are at least 16 years of age and a student in good standing at either a junior or senior high school at the time of the election, you are also eligible to serve as a student election judge. If you are interested in serving as an election judge, please contact your county clerk.