En español | Colorado’s Nov. 8 general election will decide races for the U.S. Senate and House, Colorado General Assembly, governor and lieutenant governor, and some other statewide offices.
Due to population growth in the 2020 census, Colorado picked up a new seat in the U.S. House and established the 8th congressional district north of Denver, up to and including Greeley. Also, a new redistricting plan has changed the boundaries of some state legislative and U.S. congressional districts and may affect which candidates appear on your ballot.
There is no deadline to register to vote in person. But if you want a mail ballot, you need to register in advance, no later than Monday, Oct. 31. Because mail ballots are sent out as early as Monday, Oct. 17, register as soon as possible to make sure you can return your completed ballot on time.
Go online to check and update your registration status. You can also contact or visit your county clerk and recorder’s office, or call the secretary of state’s office at 303-894-2200 if you have questions about your status.
Every registered voter whose information is up to date will automatically receive a ballot by mail. Check your voter registration information to make sure your current address is on file.
Ballots will be automatically mailed to registered voters between Monday, Oct. 17, and Friday, Oct. 21. If you are not registered to vote by then, or if your mailing address needs to be corrected, do so by Monday, Oct. 31. But it’s best to register and make corrections as early as possible to ensure you get your ballot on time.
You can return your completed mail ballot in several ways:
Note that deadlines for military and overseas voters are different.
If you’d rather not use a mail ballot, you can vote early in person at any voter service and polling center in your county. These centers will be open Monday, Oct. 24, through Monday, Nov. 7 (and on Election Day). They are closed Saturday, Oct. 29, and Sundays, Oct. 30 and Nov. 6.
Vote center locations can be found on GoVoteColorado.gov through the lookup tool, which will go live a few weeks before the election.
The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. As long as you’re in line by 7 p.m., you’ll be able to cast your ballot.
To find your local polling location, use the lookup tool on GoVoteColorado.gov.
Yes. Options for accessible voting, including an electronic ballot that enables you to vote from home, are laid out on the secretary of state’s website. You’ll also find details about compliance, support resources, and answers to frequently asked questions from voters with disabilities.
If you vote in person, you must provide an acceptable form of identification. And if you’re voting by mail for the first time, you may be required to include a photocopy of your identification.
Acceptable forms of identification are listed in full on the secretary of state’s website. Examples include:
Editor’s note: This guide was updated on July 29, 2022, with information about the general election. The guide was first published on July 21, 2020.
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