Voting in 2020: What you need to know

Are you election ready? Make your voting plan today!
  1. Register to vote
    • If you want to receive a ballot in the mail, register online to vote here before October 26th!
    • If you don’t want to register online, you can register in person at a Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC) in your home county anytime from October 19th until polls close at 7pm November 3rd. Find Voter Service and Polling Centers in your home county here.
  2. Fill your ballot out
    • Learn about the candidates and issues on the ballot at Colorado.gov’s website.
    • If you didn’t get a ballot in the mail, or you don’t want to use that ballot, you can visit a VSPC in your home county and vote in person.
  3. Turn in your ballot
    • We strongly recommend dropping your ballot off in any drop box or VSPC in your home county. You can locate your nearest drop box or VSPC here. Note that you must use a drop box or VSPC in your county for your ballot to be counted.
    • If it’s before October 26th, you can also mail in your ballot; however, there is no guarantee that ballots received in the mail after November 3rd will be counted, so we urge voters to either mail in their ballots before October 20th or to use a local drop box or VSPC. If you mail your ballot, you can sign up here to track it from sent to received.
If you have a Colorado driver's license or other Colorado ID, you can register online at www.sos.state.co.us/voter/pages/pub/olvr/verifyNewVoter.xhtml. If not, you can complete this form on paper and mail it to your local county clerk and recorder. Or, you can register to vote in person at a voter registration drive, a recruitment office for the Armed Forces of the US, or a Voter Service and Polling Center. *Note: you must register to vote by October 26th if you want to receive a ballot in the mail.
To make sure you're registered to vote, go to GoVoteColorado.gov. If you want to receive notifications about the status of your ballot, you can sign up here.
To register online, you must have a Colorado driver's license or ID card. To register through the mail, you may use a Colorado driver's license or social security number. If you're registering in person at a Voter Service and Polling Center, any of the following are accepted forms of identification:
-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.
-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.
-Verification that a voter is a resident of a group residential facility, as defined in section 1-1-104(18.5), C.R.S.
-Verification that a voter is a person committed to the department of human services and confined and eligible to register and vote shall be considered sufficient identification of such person for the purposes of section 1-2-210.5, C.R.S.
-Written correspondence from the county sheriff or his or her designee to the county clerk indicating that a voter is confined in a county jail or detention facility.
The following are NOT acceptable forms of identification:
-A driver’s license or identification card issued to not lawfully present and temporarily lawfully present individuals under Part 5 of Article 2 of Title 42, C.R.S.
-Any document produced by Colorado’s statewide voter registration system.
You are eligible to vote in Colorado if:
- You are a U.S. citizen, and
- You are 18 years or older, and
- You are a Colorado resident and have been a Colorado resident at least since October 12th of this year, and
- You are not currently serving time in prison for a felony
You must bring one of the following forms of identification:
-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.
-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.
The following documents are also considered acceptable forms of identification for voting:
-Verification that a voter is a resident of a group residential facility, as defined in section 1-1-104(18.5), C.R.S.
-Verification that a voter is a person committed to the department of human services and confined and eligible to register and vote shall be considered sufficient identification of such person for the purposes of section 1-2-210.5, C.R.S.
Written correspondence from the county sheriff or his or her designee to the county clerk indicating that a voter is confined in a county jail or detention facility.
No, not until the election is over! Colorado allows same-day voter registration, meaning that you can come to a Voter Service and Polling Center, register to vote, and cast your ballot anytime before the polls close at 7pm on election day, November 3rd. If it's after October 26th, it's too late to register online and receive a ballot in the mail, though. You'll need to register to vote in person.
The easiest way to make sure your ballot will be counted is to drop it off at a Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC) or ballot dropbox in your county. (Find the nearest one here)

If you put your ballot in the mail before October 26th, it is likely (but not guaranteed) that it will still make it in time to be counted. But, ballots mailed after October 26th are likely not to arrive in time to be counted. In this case, we strongly recommend you drop your ballot off at (VSPC or ballot dropbox in your county.) Most dropboxes are open by October 19th.
Visit www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/VIP.html to find the nearest voting locations and ballot drop boxes near you
If you are a voter with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), you can visit this website to vote your electronic ballot, which you can then print. Denver area voters can also visit this website to request an accessible ballot in the mail.
If you don't want to use the ballot you receive in the mail, or you can't for any reason, you can go to a Voter Service and Polling Center and vote in person.
Colorado's voting system is extremely secure. If multiple ballots are received from the same person, the second to be received will be set aside, discounted, and flagged as fraud.