2021 election: what you need to know about voting, registering to vote and postal voting in Colorado
What does it mean that Colorado is a “mail-in” state?
Before each election, Colorado sends out ballots to every active registered voter in the state. Some registered voters may be considered “inactive” and not get a ballot if their local clerk has reason to believe they no longer live at the address listed on their registration (for example, you may have moved and your election-related mail was returned as undelivered).
Inactive voters must update their registration information in order to obtain a postal ballot (here’s how to verify your registration information).
You can also request a ballot and vote even if you are away from home. For information specific to your situation, call your county clerk’s office.
When should I expect to receive my ballot? in the mail?
The clerks begin sending out the ballots on October 8. The Postal Service says people should expect to receive their ballots within a week (the state has already started sending out the Blue Books – you should be receiving yours soon, if you haven’t already. Or you can find an online version here).
How do I check if I am registered to vote in Colorado, or verify that my voter information is correct?
Visit the website of the secretary of state and enter your name, postal code and date of birth to view your voter registration information. You can also use the site to register to vote, update your registration, change your party affiliation and more.
How many different ways to vote in Colorado? When and how can I vote in person?
Colorado takes an “all of the above” approach to voting – giving people multiple ways to vote and return their ballots.
- Sending your ballot: Check the envelope to see how much postage it takes, and be sure to return it by October 25, to make sure it arrives at your clerk’s office on time.
- Deposit your ballot: Colorado will have over 350 drop boxes available statewide for you to drop your ballot there. You need to make sure use a box that is in your county of residence – look for a list of ballot drop locations on your county clerk’s website. Some counties, such as Denver, also have drive-through drop-off points, where you can deliver your ballot to an electoral judge.
- Vote in person early: Do you prefer to vote the old-fashioned way? Vote in person at a local voting center, starting October 25. You can find the locations of these on your county clerk’s website or when looking for your voter registration information at govotecolorado.com.
- Vote in person on polling day: In Colorado, you can vote in person or cast your ballot on polling day. All ballots must be received at a polling station or dropped off in a drop box by 7:00 p.m. (if you’re in line before, that’s fine).
Remember, You can vote only once. If you vote twice (such as casting a mail-in ballot, then voting in person), the system will report that you have returned two ballots. He will count the first ballot received, then put the second aside. You could then be referred to a district attorney for prosecution.
What is the last day to register to vote in Colorado?
In Colorado, you can register to vote and vote in person on polling day until the polls close at 7 p.m. However, if you would like your ballot to be mailed to you, the last day to register to vote is October 25.
Can I track my ballot?
Every Colorado voter with a cell phone number or email address in their registration package will receive automatic updates on the status of their ballot. Alerts will let you know when your ballot was mailed to you, when it was received at the clerk’s office, and when it was processed. Make sure you are registered with colorado.ballottrax.net.
Denver also has its own ballot tracking system called TRACE ballot that city residents can register.
How do I report electoral fraud or intimidation?
All drop boxes are monitored by video surveillance, 24/7. How each county handles this video surveillance varies, but the video footage is archived, so it can be viewed at any time.
Do I have to date my postal ballot? What if I forget to sign it? How will I know if has been rejected?
According to Denver Elections, a single missing date on your ballot would not be eligible for ballot rejection. Ballots with no date next to the signature are still processed – in fact, they are time stamped as they go through the signature verification process.
For everything you need to know about signing the back of your ballot (which, yes, is very necessary) – including what happens if your ballot is rejected – here is a quick guide to signing the back. of your ballot.
Until what time can I put my ballot in the drop box and have it counted anyway?
Election judges should be on hand to close each drop box at 7 p.m. sharp. At that time, they will also collect any remaining ballots in the box.
If you try to vote in person and line up before 7:00 p.m., you will still be allowed to vote, even after the polls have officially closed.