Voting in Colorado
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- 1 Registration
- 2 Voting on Election Day
- 3 Absentee voting
- 4 Early voting
- 5 Election policy ballot measures
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
For full information about voting in Colorado, contact your state election agency.
Colorado uses a closed primary system, meaning voters are required to declare a party preference when registering to vote. The state does allow unaffiliated voters to choose to affiliate with a party on Election Day in order to vote.
An individual can register to vote if he or she:
—Colorado Department of State
When and where
Colorado voters can register through Election Day, but must register at least 8 days prior to Election Day to automatically receive a ballot in the mail. Voters who register after that point must pick up their ballot in person at any Voter Service and Polling Center. Voters can register online or submit a form by fax, email, mail or in person.
As of April 2015, Colorado is one of 20 states that have implemented full online voter registration. Residents can register online at this website.
In 2013, the Colorado State Legislature passed a bill that authorizes same day registration. The bill makes other election reforms, including mailing a ballot to all registered voters and allowing in-person voting at any voting center established by the law instead of designated precinct polling places
Voting on Election Day
- See also: Voter identification laws by state
Voters must provide a valid form of identification at the polls. The following are acceptable forms of identification:
—Colorado Secretary of State
For more information regarding valid and invalid forms of identification, click here.
- See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times
- See also: Absentee voting
As Colorado uses a vote-by-mail system, there is no need for absentee ballots.
To vote with a mail-in ballot, the application must be received by the election office at least seven days prior to the election. A returned ballot must then be received by the elections office by close of polls on Election Day.
Military and overseas voting
For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
- See also: Early voting
Colorado is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins 10 days before a primary election and 15 days before a general election and ends on the day prior to Election Day. The nationwide average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.
Election policy ballot measures
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Ballotpedia has tracked 39 ballot measures relating to election and campaign policy in Colorado.
- Colorado "Headless Ballot", Measure 14 (1912)
- Colorado Campaign Contribution Limits, Amendment 15 (1994)
- Colorado Campaign Contributions from Government Contractors, Initiative 54 (2008)
- Colorado Campaign Finance, Initiative 15 (1996)
- Colorado Campaign Finance, Initiative 27 (2002)
- Colorado Candidate Selection, Initiative 29 (2002)
- Colorado Coroner Qualifications, Referendum C (2002)
- Colorado Corporate Contributions Amendment, Amendment 65 (2012)
- Colorado Detonation of Nuclear Devises, Measure 10 (1974)
- Colorado Elected State Board of Education, Measure 2 (1930)
- Colorado Elected State Board of Education, Measure 6 (1928)
- Colorado Election Laws, Measure 10 (1912)
- Colorado Elections of County Officers, Measure 2 (1960)
- Colorado General Assembly Age Qualification, Referendum L (2008)
- Colorado Initiative and Referendum Amendment, Referendum 1 (1980)
- Colorado Mail Ballot, Initiative 28 (2002)
- Colorado Mailing Ballot Information, Referendum B (1996)
- Colorado Official Compensation and Election Campaign Limits, Amendment 12 (1994)
- Colorado Petitions, Initiative 13 (1996)
- Colorado Presidential Primary, Referendum 2 (1990)
- Colorado Retention Elections of Justices and Judges Amendment (2014)
- Colorado Right to Petition Governor for Special Election on Measures, Measure 4 (1914)
- Colorado Secret Ballots, Measure 1 (1946)
- Colorado Selection of County Surveyors, Referendum C (2000)
- Colorado Selection of Presidential Electors, Initiative 36 (2004)
- Colorado Single Subject Initiatives and Referenda, Referendum A (1994)
- Colorado Special Elections for Initiatives and Referendums, Measure 11 (1912)
- Colorado State Ballot Information Booklet, Referendum B (1994)
- Colorado Sunshine Laws, Measure 9 (1972)
- Colorado Two-Stage Election System Initiative (2014)
- Colorado University of Colorado Board of Regents, Measure 4 (1972)
- Colorado Voluntary Congressional Term Limits, Initiative 18 (1998)
- Colorado Voter Approval of all New Taxes, Measure 10 (1976)
- Colorado Voter Qualification Amendment, Referendum 2 (1984)
- Colorado Voter Qualifications for Elections, Measure 4 (1962)
- Colorado Voter Registration, Initiative 30 (2002)
- Colorado Voter Registration Amendment, Initiative 4 (1984)
- Colorado Voting on County Superintendent of Schools, Measure 2 (1964)
- Colorado Yes or No Elections Initiative (2014)
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the terms "Colorado voting."
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of Google's news search engine.
Elections in Colorado
- Colorado elections, 2016
- Colorado elections, 2015
- Colorado elections, 2014
- Colorado elections, 2013
- Colorado elections, 2012
- Colorado Revised Statutes, "Title 1, Article 7, Section 201, Voting at primary election," accessed January 2, 2014
- Colorado Department of State, "Quick Reference Guide," December 12, 2013
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Colorado Secretary of State, "Voter Registration FAQs," accessed September 4, 2014
- Colorado Secretary of State, "Go Vote Colorado," accessed June 9, 2014
- Coloradoan.com, "Hickenlooper to approve same-day voter registration, other election reforms," May 9, 2013
- Denver Post, "Colorado bill offers more mail ballots, Election-Day registration," April 9, 2013
- Colorado Secretary of State, "Acceptable Forms of Identification," accessed June 9, 2014
- Colorado Revised Statutes, "1-7-101," accessed January 3, 2014
- Colorado Mail-in Ballot Application, accessed December 18, 2013
- Long Distance Voter, "Early Voting Rules: Colorado," accessed December 18, 2013
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