Upcoming Elections in Colorado

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

Voters who are in line at their polling location by 7:00 PM are allowed to vote no matter how long it takes for each person to cast his or her ballot.

How can I find my polling location?

If you do not know where your polling place is,you can use www.sos.state.co.us to find your polling location. If you have any issues or questions, please contact your County Clerk

2016 Election Dates and Deadlines

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
First day that mail ballots may be mailed to voters, except for UOCAVA voters. (Not sooner than 22 days before the Primary Election) June 6, 2016
Last day to submit an application to register to vote through a voter registration drive. (No later than 22 days before the election)June 6, 2016
Last day to post polling place signs for the Primary Election. (At least 20 days before the election)June 8, 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
Ballots cast by military and overseas voters must be sent no later than 7:00 p.m. MT and received by the close of business on the 8th day after the election.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
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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.

Voting At The Polls On Election Day

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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Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

NO: Colorado does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.

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