How to vote in Colorado
Election day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Colorado mails a ballot to every registered voter a few weeks before the election. Keep an eye on the mailbox, and be sure to mail it back or drop it in a drop-box before Election Day! You can also vote in person if you prefer to do so. Colorado offers early voting.
Who can vote
To register in Colorado you must:
- be a citizen of the United States
- be a resident of Colorado for at least 22 days immediately before the Election in which you intend to vote
- be at least 16 years old, but you must be at least 17 and turning 18 on or before the date of the next general election to be eligible to vote in a primary election, and at least 18 to be eligible to vote in any other election
- not be serving a sentence of detention or confinement for a felony conviction
- *find more information on voting rights restoration here
Vote in person
Vote on election day
Voters registered in Colorado can look up where to vote on Colorado's site.
Colorado voters can also vote before Election Day. The early voting period runs from Monday, October 19, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.
What to bring
- If you choose to vote in person in Colorado, you will need to show ID. If your form of identification shows your address, that address must be in the state of Colorado.
- Acceptable forms include: Colorado driver's license; valid ID card issued by the Department of Revenue; US passport; employee ID with photo issued by any entity of the US government or Colorado; pilot's license issued by the FAA or other authorized agency of the US; US military ID with photo; ID card issued by a federally recognized tribal government; Medicare or Medicaid card; certified copy of your US birth certificate; certificate of Degree of Indian or Alaskan Native Blood; certified documentation of naturalization; student ID with photo issued by a Colorado institute of higher education; veteran's ID with photo issued by the VA; or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document showing name and address (within last 60 days).
- Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot, or you may request a mail ballot to take home, sign, and return to your county clerk. Your signature is used to verify your identity on a mail ballot
Vote by mail
Colorado conducts elections by mail. If you are registered to vote before Monday, October 26, 2020, you should expect to receive a ballot at your designated mailing address. You can return your ballot by mail, or find a drop box on Colorado's site.
See what's on the ballot
Get step-by-step help
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Election Day registration
Colorado does offer registration on Election Day.
Military and overseas voters
Active-duty military, their families, and overseas citizens can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:
- Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
- Send the application to your election official.
- It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
- Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it. Following are recommended return dates to make sure your ballot arrives at your election office on time:35 days before election - On a ship at sea: September 28, 202030 days before election - Outside of the US: October 2, 202011 days before the election - Stateside: October 23, 2020
- States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:
- You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
- If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.
Check your voter registration status
You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using Colorado's voter registration lookup tool.
Dates and deadlines
- Election day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
- The deadline to register online to vote is Monday, October 26, 2020. If you miss this deadline, you will not receive a ballot by mail, but you can still vote in person at a voter service and polling center.
- The deadline for registering by mail to vote is (received by) Monday, October 26, 2020. If you miss this deadline, you will not receive a ballot by mail, but you can still vote in person at a voter service and polling center.
- The deadline to register to vote in person is 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
- The early voting period runs from Monday, October 19, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.
- You can also register and vote on Election Day.
Election contact information for Colorado
Secretary of State
1700 Broadway, Suite 200
Denver, CO 80290