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Everything you need to know to register and vote in Colorado

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Check your registration status: https://www.sos.state.co.us/voter/pages/pub/olvr/findVoterReg.xhtml

Register by mail: https://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/vote/VoterRegFormEnglish.pdf

Register online: https://www.sos.state.co.us/voter/pages/pub/olvr/verifyNewVoter.xhtml

Find A Vote Center: https://www.govotecolorado.com/

Campus Vote Project: https://www.campusvoteproject.org/stateguides/Colorado

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Hey Colorado!

If you want to vote, first you’ve gotta be registered. You can check if you’re already registered using the link in the description.

But if you still need to register, or you’ve moved or changed your name since the last time you voted and need to update your registration, there’s a few ways you can do it. If you have a valid Colorado ID, there’s a link in the description where you can go register online right now. But maybe you don’t have one, say you don’t drive, or you’re a student from another state, you’ll need to print out the registration form linked below and mail it in.

You’ll need to register by October 26th to get your mail ballot in time for the general election on November 3rd. But you can still register all the way up to election day—you’ll just have to go vote in person at a voter service and polling center. Once you’re registered, you get to vote.

For most people in Colorado, that means voting by mail. As long as you’re registered by the deadline I just mentioned, a ballot will get mailed to your home address. There’s nothing special you have to do to request it; it just shows up.

You can fill out the ballot at your own pace at home, take time to research the candidates or other ballot measures if you want to, and then mail your ballot back with enough time for it to arrive at your county clerk’s office by pm on election day. If it’s your first time voting by mail, you’ll also need to send in a photocopy of a form of ID—that could be a valid Colorado driver’s license, passport, student ID, a current utility bill or bank statement with your name and address on it. Or some other less common forms.

The full list is linked below, and also printed on your ballot. And that’s it. That’s all you have to do to vote.

There’s a link in the description that will tell you when your county clerk has received your ballot so you don’t have to worry about whether it got there in time. But hey, maybe you missed those registration deadlines, or it’s election day and you forgot to mail in your ballot. Don’t panic—it’s all good--the state of Colorado really wants you to be able to vote!

If you go to govotecolorado.com, you can look up your voter services and polling center. You can show up in person with a valid ID from the list I just mentioned, and register and vote in person from am to pm on election day. You can also hand deliver your mail-in ballot to these locations if you already got it and filled it out but just didn’t send it in time.

And it will be counted. And remember—the poll workers at your vote center are there to help you, so don’t be afraid to ask questions. Still, if you’re gonna vote—it doesn’t hurt to open up your notes app or grab a pen and paper right now and make a plan.

Write down when and how you’re going to register, where you need your ballot mailed, whether you’re going to mail in your ballot or drop it off at a polling center, even when you’re gonna stop by the post office and pick up those stamps you need. Having a plan is a great way to make sure that nothing unexpected stops you from voting on November 3rd. There will be links for everything you need to make sure you’re registered and find your voter services and polling location in description.

Thanks for voting. How To Vote in Every State is produced by Complexly in partnership with The MediaWise Voter Project, which is led by The Poynter Institute and supported by Facebook.