Democracy can't happen without each of us doing our part. Take the pledge to vote this year and go ALL IN to Vote. Studies show that you’re more likely to complete an action if you’ve already made a public commitment to it. So, take the pledge. Not only does voting help our community, but pledging to vote helps your ACC, too.
If you're feeling overwhelmed, don't worry. We're here to help you find the information you need to make informed decisions based on your values, ideals, and the good of your Colorado community.
Registering to Vote
Whether you want to verify your registration or you are registering to vote for the first time, a great place to start is on the Colorado Secretary of State website. You can:
- Register to vote
- Verify your registration
- Edit your registration information
- View / edit your party affiliation
- Check your mail ballot status
- And much more
Registering to vote is pretty simple. Requirements are that you:
- Have a valid Colorado Driver's license or ID card
- Will be 18 years of age or older at the time of the general election (i.e. if you will be age 18 or older by 11/3/20)
- Are a United States citizen
- Have resided in Colorado 22 days immediately before the election (10/13 at the latest) at which you intend to vote
- Are not currently serving a sentence of confinement or detention for a felony conviction
You can register to vote at any time up to and including on Election Day on the Colorado Secretary of State’s website or in person at a Voter Service and Polling Center. If you want to receive a ballot by mail, you must register no later than October 26.
Deadlines for registration in Colorado are:
- Online: October 26, 2020
- By mail: Received by October 26, 2020
- In person: November 3, 2020
How to Vote
Now that you're registered to vote, you need to know how, when, and where to vote. Colorado's official election day is November 3, 2020.
Colorado mails out ballots to all registered voters (registered by October 26), so you can mail it in or drop it off at an official ballot box. Those locations will be listed in the information provided with your ballot. Or you can look them up based on your county. Just Vote Colorado has a list of both polling locations and ballot dropbox locations and more FAQs (frequently asked questions) in English and Spanish to help you through the process.
Now comes the fun part. Voting! We know it can seem overwhelming to review all of the information you need to know to make informed decisions. So, start now and be prepared.
Registered voters will also get a 2020 State Ballot Information Booklet (blue book) in the mail (English and Spanish). This provides non-partisan information about proposed amendments and propositions, as well as Judicial Performance Evaluations and contact information for local election officials. This will give you more information about each item on the ballot and what it means and the arguments for and against it.
But these aren't the only items you'll be voting on during the election. You will also be able to vote for:
- President of the United States
- US Senate - Colorado
- US House - Colorado
- Colorado Senate
- Colorado House
- State Supreme Court - Colorado
- Intermediate Appellate Courts
- Local Judges
- Municipal Government
Check out Ballotpedia.org to learn more about the candidates and ballot measures for this election. This will include local measures as well (city and county). There's a lot to research and review. Don't just rely on ads or what others say. Do your research and choose the candidates that you feel best represent you and your values. Research what issues they are for and against and pick the candidate that aligns best for you. After all, we are choosing people to represent us in our government.
Voting is a great way to help your community. Did you know there is more that you can do? If you feel passionate about a ballot measure or candidate, volunteer to help their campaign or write letters / postcards to help inform other voters. You can also volunteer to be a poll worker. And, remind others to take the pledge and vote in the upcoming election!