COLORADO

VOTING GUIDE

Including Student Information

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+ Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

  • You may register in person on Election Day.
  • By mail or online: 8 days before Election Day
  • All active voters receive a ballot by mail.
  • If you register after the 8th day before an election you must visit a Voter Service and Polling Center in your county to get a ballot.
  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 29, 2018 for online and mail. Register in person through Election Day.
  • General Election: November 6, 2018

+ Official Election Websites

+ Register at School or Home

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.
Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.
You may only be registered and vote in one location.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

Colorado’s voter registration form asks for your Colorado driver’s license or ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

The following are acceptable forms of ID:

  • A valid Colorado driver’s license or state identification card
  • A valid U.S. passport
  • A valid U.S. government or Colorado government employee identification card with a photograph
  • A valid pilot’s license issued by the Federal Aviation Administration or other authorized U.S. agency
  • A valid U.S. military identification card with a photograph
  • A copy of a current (within the last 60 days) utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address
  • A certificate of Degree of Indian or Alaskan Native Blood
  • A valid Medicare or Medicaid card
  • A certified copy of your U.S. birth certificate
  • Certified documentation of naturalization
  • A valid student ID card with a photograph issued by a Colorado institute of higher education
  • A valid veteran ID card with a photograph issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • A valid ID card issued by a federally recognized tribal government certifying tribal membership

If you show ID that has an address on it, the address must be in Colorado but it does not have to match your voter registration.

If you try to register to vote on Election Day, but do not have ID, you may vote a provisional ballot.

+ Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: www.govotecolorado.com

+ How Can I Vote?

By Mail

  • All registered and active voters will receive a mail ballot.
  • Local election officials will mail ballots to registered voters no later than 18 days before the election.
  • Completed ballots must be received by the county clerk’s office, county Voter Service and Polling Center, or designated drop-off location by 7 p.m. on Election Day.

Early In-person

  • Colorado voters may go to their county Voter Service and Polling Center before Election Day and drop off their mail ballot or request a replacement ballot and cast it.
  • For a list of Voter Service and Polling Centers, contact your county election office or check your registration information at www.govotecolorado.com.
  • You must have valid ID to vote in person.

Election Day

  • Voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time then you will be allowed to vote.

+ Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

  • Federal Financial Aid
    • Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA
  • Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes
    • Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes
  • Tuition Status
    • Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community

Will registering to vote in Colorado affect my driver’s license or car registration?

  • Yes. If you register to vote in Colorado, you are also a resident for motor vehicle registration purposes and will need to obtain a Colorado driver’s license and register your car with the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Colorado legal professional.

Last updated June 2018