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Elections and Voter Registration

How to register to vote? How to obtain a mail-in ballot...and more

Voter Information

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Colorado Voter Information

For more information, see the "Voter Registration FAQs" at http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/FAQs/VoterRegistrationFAQ.html

Your Vote Counts! Registration Qualifications

You must be

  • 18 years of age or older at the time of the next election,
  • a United States citizen,
  • a resident of Colorado for 22 days immediately before the election at which you intend to vote,
  • not serving a sentence of confinement, detention, or parole for a felony conviction.

When to Register Colorado law allows you to register to vote through Election Day. But please note that how you register to vote matters. The appropriate deadlines are:

  • You may submit an application through the mail, a voter registration agency, a local driver's license examination facility, or a voter registration drive no later than 22 days before an election.
  • You may register through http://www.govotecolorado.com through the 8th day before the election.
  • You may register to vote by appearing in-person at a voter service and polling center through Election Day.
  • You may change or withdraw your party affiliation no later than 29 days before the election.

How and Where to Register

Registering to vote is free and easy. 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 http://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 can use your driver's license number to update your address and party affiliation online as well.

Printable voter registration forms are also available on the Secretary of State's web site. You can obtain a paper voter registration form at your county clerk's office. You may mail, fax, or scan and email your complete and signed form to your county clerk's office.

  • The Montrose County Clerk's Office, 320 S. First St., Room 103, Montrose
  • The Delta County Clerk's Office, 501 Palmer Street, Delta

Voter registration is also offered at:
  • A Colorado Department of Motor Vehicle office when you apply for a driver's license, or update your driver's license information.
  • All 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.

Acceptable Identification Forms Colorado law requires identification at the polls and for first time voters who vote by mail-in ballot.

Registered voters are required to present one of the following forms of identification at their polling places.

  • Valid Colorado driver's license
  • Valid picture identification card
  • Valid U.S. passport
  • Valid U.S. military car
  • Copy of current utility bill or paycheck or government check showing address
  • FAA photo pilot's license
  • Certified documentation of naturalization
  • Valid Medicare or Medicaid card
  • Certified copy of birth certificate
  • Valid student ID card with photo

Are You Still Registered?

You are registered if you voted in the last general elections and have not moved, or if you have registered since that date. If you have moved, you are required to change your address with the County Clerk. If you did not vote in the last two general elections, you may be declared "inactive" and may need to re-register or reactivate your voting status. Verify your status with the County Clerk at least 29 days prior to Election Day or online (see above).

Mail-In Ballot/Early Voting

Any registered voter may apply for a mail-in ballot; no reason is required for this request.

The application for a mail-in ballot may be obtained from the Montrose County Clerk as early as January 1 of the election year and no later than close of business on the Friday immediately preceding the election. A mail-in ballot must be received at the County Clerk's office by 7 PM on Election Day.

A Permanent Mail-In Ballot may be obtained from the County Clerk. Your name will be placed on a list to receive a ballot for each applicable election. With this provision you need not apply for a mail-in ballot each year. Click Mail-in Ballot for a Mail-in ballot form. Note that one can check either for a mail-in ballot in the current election year or for a permanent ballot.

You can also register online for a Mail-In Ballot through the Secretary of State's Office. See the link above.

Early voting may take place at the County Clerk's office 10 days before the Primary Election and 15 days before a General Election or other November election. Early voting ends on the Friday preceding the election.

Getting The Facts

Confused about issues or candidate's statements? Try these sites to help you sort through election information:

FactCheck.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, consumer advocate for voters that aims to reduce the level of confusion in U.S. politics.

OpenSecrets.org is from the Center for Responsive Politics. The site is a nonpartisan guide to presenting political news, actual positions of parties and candidates as well as campaign monies raised.

FlackCheck.org in cooperation with FactCheck.org, finds ads, checks the facts, and then exposes the manipulation and inaccuracies using parody and humor. It is headquartered at the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.

Get Kids Involved

Try Ben's Guide to U.S. Government For Kids to have Ben Franklin help your K-12th grade children understand the federal election process. The site is divided into activities by grade level.