Colorado Dates

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Colorado Elections Schedule

Poll Hours: 7:00 AM-7:00 PM

2016 Election Dates and Deadlines
March 1, 2016 - Republican Party and Democratic Party Precinct Caucus Day.
Notes: (In each even-numbered year, political parties hold their precinct caucus on the 1st Tuesday in March)
Last day to affiliate with the Republican Party or Democratic Party in order to vote in the March 1st Party precinct caucuses. (2 months before the precinct caucuses) January 4, 2016
Last day to update your voter registration address to participate in the March 1st party precinct caucuses. (Must be a resident of the precinct for 30 days and registered to vote no later than 29 days before the precinct caucus) February 1, 2016
June 28, 2016 - State Primary Election Election
Notes:(Polls open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.)
Deadline for county clerk to transmit a primary election ballot to military and overseas voters. (No later than 45 days before the Primary Election)May 14, 2016
Last day for voters who are affiliated with a political party to change or withdraw their affiliation if they wish to vote in a different party\'s primary election. Note: Unaffiliated voters may affiliate at any time before and through the day of the primary election.May 27, 2016
Last day for an individual to submit a voter application and still receive a ballot in the mail. (Through the 8th day before an election)June 20, 2016
Absentee ballot return deadline - Received by 7 PM June 28, 2016
Voter Registration deadline - Sent by 7 PM June 28, 2016
November 8, 2016 - General Election Day
Notes:(Polls open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.)
First day that mail ballots may be mailed to voters, except for UOCAVA Voters. (no sooner than 22 days before the election)October 17, 2016
Last day to send initial mail ballots to voters for the General Election, except for UOCAVA voters. (no later than 18 days before the General Election)October 21, 2016
Last day for an individual to submit a voter registration application and still receive a ballot in the mail. (Through the 8th day before the election)October 31, 2016
Absentee ballot return deadline - Received by 7 PM November 8, 2016
Voter Registration deadline - Sent by 7 PM November 8, 2016
Mayoral Elections and Others
  • Fort Collins Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Wade Troxell - Population(143,986)
    April
April 5, 2016
  • Castle Rock Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Paul Donahue - Population(48,231)
    April Mayor Elect takes office 4/15/2014.
April 19, 2016
  • Grand Junction Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Phyllis Norris - Population(58,566)
    May
May 3, 2016
  • Parker Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Mike Waid - Population(45,297)
November 8, 2016

All voters who vote at the polls must provide identification. If you are voting by mail for the first time, you may also need to provide a photocopy of your identification when you return your mail ballot.

The following documents are 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 Colorado driver’s license or valid identification card issued by the Colorado Department of Revenue.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

The following are NOT acceptable forms of identification

  • A drive's license or identification card issued to not lawfully present and temporarily lawfully present individuals.
  • Any document produced by Colorado’s statewide voter registration system.

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Colorado Elections: What's At Stake In 2016?

Why the 2016 Presidential Election Could Impact Your Way Of Living For Generations to Come

Democrats and Republicans The 2016 Presidential Election is crucial to both Republicans and Democrats since the next President of the United States could nominate as many as four Supreme Court justices. As many as four seats on the Supreme Court could become vacant during the next few years with four supreme court justices over the age of 80. This means the next president could have the power to transform the supreme court, and American law, for generations to come. (See Election Dates and Deadlines)

President Barack Obama The United States presidential election of 2016 is an Open Race since the Incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama is term-limited and cannot run for re-election to a third term in office.

President Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009, and was sworn in for his second term on January 20, 2013.
(Browse 2016 Presidentials)

Colorado 2016 US Senator race

In 2016, there will be a US Senator race in Colorado. Each state elects two senators for staggered 6-year terms.One of the seats of Colorado's two senators in the United States Senate is up for election this Election cycle. The Incumbent US Senator is running for re-election.

Colorado US Senator Race - Incumbent (Democrat) Running

Colorado US Senator Race - Incumbent (Democrat) Running Incumbent Democratic Senator, Michael Bennet, is running for re-election to a second term in office. On November 2, 2010, Michael Bennet won the election to the United States Senate with 48.1% of the vote against the Republican candidate, Ken Buck, who came in second with 46.4% of the vote. (see current elected officials in Colorado)

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TIME OFF FOR VOTING: Yes

By law, an elector may get time off without loss of pay if he or she does not have sufficient time outside of regular working hours to vote. With prior notice to an employer, employees may take up to two hours off of work for the purpose of voting. The employer may specify the hours the employee will take off, but the period must fall at the beginning or end of the work period if the employee so requests. There is no leave available if there are three or more hours between the time of opening and the time of closing of the polls during which the voter is not required to be on the job.

Important Note:

While we are working to give you up-to-date information, we urge you to be proactive! In order to ensure you have all the information you need before casting your vote, you should also check with your state and local election officials for information about additional requirements or regulations.

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