…but it’s all MAIL-IN BALLOT…so it’ll be easy! LOOK FOR YOUR MAIL-IN BALLOT MID-OCTOBER.
In fact EVERY REGISTERED VOTER will receive a mail-in ballot from now on in Colorado. None of that pesky “Inactive Failed to Vote Status” and wondering if you’ll receive a ballot just because you didn’t vote in an election (your bad) — as long as you are properly registered.
VOTING IN COLORADO IN 3 EASY STEPS:
1. Check your registration is accurate and updated: govotecolorado.com
2. Check and vote your ballot when it arrives. Be sure to sign it!
3. Mail or drop off your ballot and check that the Clerk received it: bouldercountyvotes.org
ONCE YOU RECEIVE YOUR BALLOT YOU CAN:
1. Mail your ballot back. Be sure to sign it! (DON’T MAIL AFTER OCTOBER 31ST, it might not get there! After October 31st, drop it off at a Voter Service & Polling Center…)
2. Drop off ballot at Voter Service & Polling Center or at a Drop off locations (these locations will be listed on a sheet in your ballot envelope).
3. Vote in person at a Voter Service & Polling Center
Get to know this term: VOTING SERVICE & POLLING CENTER. There will be fewer of these than the number of polling locations formerly open on Election Day, BUT since everyone is receiving mail-in ballots, there will be less of a crush on Election Day. AND the Voting Service & Polling Center (VSPC) is open EIGHT DAYS before Election Day. The VSPC is FULL SERVICE, meaning you can vote in person at any location within the county, drop off your ballot, use a voting booth, use accessible voting equipment, register or update voter registration, or obtain a replacement ballot in case you’ve lost yours.
WHAT MIGHT CHANGE FOR YOU: If you prefer dropping off your ballot in person on Election Day, you will go to a Voting Service & Polling Center, and in some cases, NOT NECESSARILY the precinct location you’ve become used to. But those locations weren’t open early in past elections anyway.
FOR LONGMONT, the VSPC is our own City Clerk’s office at 529 Coffman — you’ve probably voted there before — and they’ll also have the handy drive-thru available beginning the Saturday before Nov. 5.
There are EVEN MORE ways voting is easier in Colorado (A VOTER MUST BE A RESIDENT OF COLORADO 22 DAYS BEFORE ELECTION DAY — That means October 15 in 2013)
1. SAME DAY REGISTRATION. This means as long as you’ve been a resident of Colorado October 15 or earlier, you can go to any Voting Service and Polling Center on Election Day, November 5, and register to vote. You’ll need an ID.
2. 16-YEAR-OLDS CAN PRE-REGISTER TO VOTE when they get Driver’s Licenses, and become eligible upon turning 18.
3. VOTERS CAN SIGN UP TO RECEIVE election and registration notifications by email.