- You must be a U.S. citizen.
- You must be 18 years of age on or before the date of the election.
- You must reside in Colorado at your present address for at least 30 days before the election.
- In the state of Colorado, you need a Colorado driver's license, a Colorado Department of Revenue identification number, or the last four digits of your social security number to register to vote in person. When you get your driver's license, you can automatically register to vote at the DMV. The last day to register to vote in a specific election is 29 days before that election.
For voter registration forms, please visit the Colorado Secretary of State website. The form takes 20 days to process. If you do not have a Colorado driver's license, additional identification may be required if registering to vote by mail.
Although the majority of local elections are held through mail-in ballots, polling locations are available throughout the state of Colorado for major elections. If you are already registered to vote, you can find the nearest polling place at Elections Information for Voters.
- Many states mail out sample ballots weeks before the election. It probably lists where you vote. You may have also gotten a notice from your local elections office after you registered. It may also list your polling place.
- Call your local elections office. It will be listed in the government pages of your phone book.
- Ask a neighbor. People who live in the same apartment complex, on the same street, block, etc., usually vote at the same place.
If you polling place has changed since the last general election, your elections office should have sent you a notice in the mail.
- In most states, polls open between 6 and 8 in the morning and close between 6 and 9 in the evening. Once again, call your local elections office for the exact hours.
- Typically, if you are in line to vote by the time the polls close, you will be allowed to vote.
- To avoid long lines, vote between 10am and 5pm.
- To avoid potential traffic problems at busy polling places, consider carpooling. Take a friend to vote.
- It is a good idea to bring a form of photo identification with you. Some states require photo ID. You should also bring a form of ID that shows your current address. Even in states that do not require ID, poll workers sometimes ask for it, so it's a good idea to bring your ID, anyway. If you registered by mail, you will need to produce your ID the first time you vote.
- You might also want to bring your sample ballot on which you have marked your selections, or notes on how you want to vote.
Federal law requires that polling places be accessible to persons with disabilities. But if you want to make sure you will be able to vote, it is best to call your local election office before election day. Inform them of your disability and that you will need an accessible polling place.
Starting in 2006, federal law will require that every polling place must provide a way for people with disabilities to vote privately and independently.
- Equal treatment and opportunity to register and vote, regardless of race, religion, national origin, sex or disability.
- Privacy - only you should know how you voted.
- Having your vote accurately counted and recorded.
- If you have a disability, access to a voting device you can use, along with appropriate assistance.
- Help in voting from poll workers IF you ask for it.
- Courtesy and respect from poll workers, election officials and all others at the polling place.