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Voting Guide

Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

Voter Registration Deadline: 8 days before Election Day if registering by mail or online. 22 days for Election Day if applying through a registration drive.

Eligible voters may still register to vote in person through Election Day at their polling center or a voter services center beyond the above registration deadlines. More information can be found here:

2024 Election Information

Presidential Primary Election: March 5, 2024

  • Voter Registration Deadline: February 26 (online or by mail), February 12 (registration drive)

Primary Election: June 25, 2024

  • Voter Registration Deadline: June 17 (online or by mail), June 3 (registration drive)

General Election: November 5, 2024

  • Voter Registration Deadline: October 28 (online or by mail), October 15 (registration drive)

Some jurisdictions may also hold local elections throughout 2024. For more information on local election, please contact your county election office.

Register at School or Home

Students have a decision about where to register to vote.

You have a right to register to vote at the address you consider the place where you live, whether that is your family's home or the place where you attend school. You should update your registration anytime this home address changes.

You may only be registered and vote in one location.

What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

Colorado’s voter registration form asks for either your Colorado driver’s license or ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security number. You must have a Colorado driver's license or ID number to register online. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it.

What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

All voters who vote in-person need to present ID. Some acceptable forms of ID include:

  • A valid Colorado driver’s license or state identification card

  • A valid U.S. passport

  • A valid U.S. government or Colorado government employee identification card with a photograph

  • A valid student ID card with a photograph issued by a Colorado institute of higher education

  • A valid U.S. military identification card with a photograph

  • A copy of a current (within the last 60 days) utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address

  • A valid Medicare or Medicaid card

  • A certified copy of your U.S. birth certificate

  • Certified documentation of naturalization

  • A valid veteran ID card with a photograph issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

  • A valid ID 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. A complete list of acceptable IDs may be found here:

Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Check your mail ballot status or look up your voting site and hours at:

How Can I Vote?

By Mail: Registered voters will receive ballots no later than 18 days before the election. You must register to vote no later than 8 days before election day to receive a ballot by mail.

Completed ballots must be received by the county clerk’s office or dropped off at a Voter Service and Polling Center or designated drop-off location by 7 p.m. on Election Day. For a list of designated drop-off locations, contact your county election office.

Voters with disabilities as well as overseas and military voters may cast their ballots electronically, beginning 22 days before Election Day. For more information, visit:

Early In Person: Colorado voters retain the right to vote in person. Early in-person voting is available at a Voter Service and Polling Center before Election Day. For a list of Voter Service and Polling Centers and their times of operation, contact your county election office.

Election Day: Colorado voters retain the right to vote in person. Voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time then you have the right to vote.

Common Questions/Concerns

Does Registering to Vote Affect my Federal Financial Aid?

Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA.

Does Registering to Vote Affect my Status as a Dependent on my Parents’ Taxes?

Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes.

Does Registering to Vote impact my Tuition Status?

Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community.


Will registering to vote in Colorado affect my driver’s license or car registration?

Registering to vote in Colorado may not necessarily affect your driver's license or car registration. However, as a new resident of Colorado, you may be required to make changes to your driver's license or car registration regardless of whether you register to vote there. You may wish to contact the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein to be used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Colorado legal professional.

Last updated February 2024

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