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Colorado
Secretary of State
Wayne W. Williams

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Colorado Secretary of State logo - cube with a C in it

Colorado
Secretary of State
Wayne W. Williams

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Voter Registration FAQs

Q1. How do I register to vote or update my voter registration?

A1. 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 and party affiliation 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 provides voter registration applications. You may mail, fax, or scan and email your complete and signed form to your county clerk and recorder's office.

You can also register in person by:

● Registering at a physical office

  • A Colorado Department of Motor Vehicle office when you apply for a driver's license, or update your driver's license information.
  • Offices that provide public assistance, including 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.
  • A voter service and polling center.

● Registering through a voter registration drive

Q2. If I didn’t vote in the last election, am I still registered to vote?

A2. Yes. If you did not vote in the last election, you are still registered and eligible to vote. Your county clerk will mail you a ballot unless the post office provides information that you have moved. Visit www.GoVoteColorado.com to make sure your registration information is up-to-date.

Q3. What is the voter registration deadline?

A3. Colorado law allows you to register to vote through Election Day. But please note that how you register to vote impacts how you receive your ballot. In order to receive your ballot by mail:

  • Register to vote or update your voter registration online at www.GoVoteColorado.com through the 8th day before Election day.
  • Submit an application through the mail, at a voter registration agency, or at a local driver’s license examination facility through the 8th day before Election Day.
  • Submit an application through a voter registration drive no later than 22 days before Election Day.

If you miss the above deadlines, you may appear in person at a voter service and polling center in your county through Election Day where you can register to vote and then vote in person or pick up a ballot.

Q4. What does "residence" mean for purposes of voter registration and voting?

A4. 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, and condominium, room in a house, mobile home, or building.

A homeless voter 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.

Q5. Can I vote in Colorado if I moved away or here due to being in the military or a student?

A1. 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.

Q6. 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?

A2. Colorado law allows college students that are residents of Colorado to keep their voter registration in their hometown and vote by mail from college. This decision is up to the student. If the student is attending school out of state, and wishes to register in the state where they are attending college, they must check the voter registration rules of that state. If they change their voter registration to a different State, they are not eligible to vote in Colorado.

Q7. Is it legal for people to use my address for their voter registration even though they don’t live here anymore?

A3. 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.