Colorado

Welcome Colorado voters! Below you will find your upcoming election dates, voter registration deadlines, state requirements for Voter ID, as well as information on online voter registration, automatic voter registration, vote-by-mail, early voting, and minor pre-registration.

REGISTER TO VOTE

Primary Election Dates & Registration Deadlines

Party Primaries
Registration Deadlines
Same Day Registration
Mail-In Online In-Person
June 26 June 18 (to automatically receive a mail ballot) June 18 June 26 Yes

 

General Election Dates & Registration Deadlines

General Election Registration Deadlines
Same Day Registration
Mail-In Online In-Person
November 6 October 29 (to automatically receive a mail ballot) October 29 November 6 Yes

 

Online Voter Registration

Yes, Colorado has Online Voter Registration. You need a Colorado drivers’ license or ID card. You can register online here.

Voter ID

Strict = if no identification, voter must take additional measures after Election Day to have ballot counted

Non-strict = if no identification, voter still has option to cast ballot that may be counted without additional measures by voter

 

Colorado has non-strict, non-photo ID requirements. (However, most people vote by mail, where there is not identification requirement except for some first time voters.)

All voters who vote at the polls must provide identification.

If you are voting by mail for the first time, you may also need to provide a photocopy of your identification when you return your mail ballot.

The following documents are acceptable forms of identification in the state of Colorado:

  • A valid Colorado driver’s license or valid identification card issued by the Colorado Department of Revenue. (Note: documents issued to not lawfully present and temporarily lawfully present individuals under Part 5 of Article 2 of Title 42, C.R.S. are not acceptable forms of identification.)
  • A valid U.S. passport.
  • A valid employee identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. government or of Colorado, or by any county, municipality, board, authority, or other political subdivision of Colorado.
  • A valid pilot’s license issued by the federal aviation administration or other authorized agency of the U.S.
  • A valid U.S. military identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector.
A copy of a current (within the last 60 days) utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the elector.
  • A Certificate of Degree of Indian or Alaskan Native Blood.
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A valid Medicare or Medicaid card issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  • A certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate for the elector.
  • Certified documentation of naturalization.
  • A valid student identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector issued by an institute of higher education in Colorado, as defined in section 23-3.1-102(5), C.R.S..
  • A valid veteran identification card issued by the U.S. department of veterans affairs veterans health administration with a photograph of the eligible elector.
  • A valid identification card issued by a federally recognized tribal government certifying tribal membership.

*Any form of identification listed above that shows your address must show a Colorado address to qualify as an acceptable form of identification.

 

Vote-By-Mail

Colorado mails all registered voters a ballot. In addition to mailing their ballot, voters can drop off the ballot at voter service and polling centers starting 15 days prior to Election Day or surrender the mail ballot and vote in person. The ballot must be received by County Clerk by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Early Voting

Colorado mails all registered voters a ballot before Election Day. Voters can drop off their ballot at voter service and polling centers starting 15 days prior to Election Day or surrender the mail ballot and vote in person. The ballot must be received by County Clerk by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. Ballot drop-off and polling locations are determined by County Election Officials. More information available here.

Automatic Voter Registration (Motor Voter)

Yes, Colorado has Automatic Voter Registration. AVR Automatically registers individuals (or updates current voter registration) when interacting with DMV (in-person transactions, online renewals, changes of address), unless the applicant opts out.

Minor Pre-Registration

Colorado allows voters to pre-register at the age of 16.

Links to State-by-State Charts

2018 Election Dates & Deadlines

Online Voter Registration

Automatic Voter Registration

Vote By Mail

Early Voting

Voter ID

Content Updated Summer 2018

 

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