Casting your ballot in Colorado

All Coloradans who are registered to vote by October 29, 2018 will receive a ballot in the mail. You can return that ballot by mail, drop it in a drop box, or vote in person at any Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC) anywhere in your county. Returning the ballot you received in the mail is often the easiest and quickest way to vote. But you can also register or vote in person at any VSPC in your county if you would like to.

VSPCs are open beginning October 22, 2018, and Colorado does not have a registration deadline so you can register and vote anytime before 7:00pm on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. If you do not receive a ballot in the mail, you can call your county clerk’s office to troubleshoot or call Colorado’s Voter Protection Hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683).

You do not have to show ID to vote in Colorado unless you vote in person, or your ballot is marked “ID Required.” The IDs listed below are only required if you are casting your ballot in person OR if your ballot is marked “ID required.” If you are returning your ballot by mail, or dropping it at a dropbox, and it is marked “ID required,” you must include a COPY of one of the IDs listed below when you return it by mail or drop it off.


Forms of ID Needed To Vote in person or if your ballot is marked “ID required” (different than when registering to vote)

Please note: Not all forms of ID required must have a photograph, but they must include your legal name. If your ID has an address on it, it must be your correct address.

When you go to vote in person at a Voter Service and Polling Center, you must bring ONE of the following forms of identification:

(I) A valid Colorado driver’s license;

(II) A valid identification card issued by the Colorado Department of Revenue;

(III) A valid United States passport;

(IV) A valid employee identification card with a photograph issued by any entity of the United States government or of this state, or by any political subdivision of this state;

(V) A valid pilot’s license issued by the federal aviation administration or other authorized agency of the United States;

(VI) A valid United States military identification card with a photograph;

(VII) A copy of a current (dated within 60 days of the date submitted unless the document states a longer billing cycle) utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the legal name and address of the elector;

(VIII) A valid Medicare or Medicaid card;

(IX) A certified copy of a birth certificate for the elector issued in the United States;

(X) Certified documentation of naturalization;

(XI) A valid student identification card with a photograph issued by an institution of higher education in Colorado;

(XII) A valid veteran identification card issued by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Health Administration with a photograph;

(XIII) A valid identification card issued by a federally recognized tribal government certifying tribal membership;

(XIV) A certificate of degree of Indian or Alaskan Native blood;

(XV) A letter from the director or administrator of a group residential facility indicating that the elector resides at the facility and at the street address listed in the pollbook; or

(XVI) A Division of Youth Corrections ID card issued by the Department of Human Services.

IMPORTANT: If your mail ballot is marked “ID Required,” you must enclose a COPY of one of the above forms of ID with your mail ballot when you return it.

The information above is meant to supplement general information about voting in Colorado. If you have general questions about voting, you can find it at www.justvotecolorado.org* or call Colorado’s Voter Protection Hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683).

If you’re looking for information on how to register to vote or update your registration as a transgender or non-binary Coloradan, click here.

If you’re looking for information about your voting rights as a transgender or non-binary Coloradan, click here.

*Just Vote! Colorado Election Protection is a non-partisan voter assistance program and is not affiliated with or promoting any party, candidate or ballot issue. Just Vote is not affiliated with or responsible for the content of this piece.