If you’ve been following the news at all, you know there’s an election happening this year — a big one. And though November may seem like it’s far away, it’s never too early to start thinking about voting, particularly in Colorado, which has a mail-in ballot system. Here’s what you need to know about voting in the upcoming election.
Yes, there’s a presidential election happening this year. But there will also be lots of other important decisions for you to make on your ballot. Boulder County will post all of the 2020 November ballot content on Sept. 15. You’ll want to bookmark this link so you can refer back to it and begin studying all of the issues and candidates who will be on the ballot: https://www.bouldercounty.org/elections/
The county will next begin mailing ballots to overseas and military voters on Sept. 19. County officials will begin issuing mail ballots in person at the main clerk & recorder’s office in Boulder on Oct. 2.
Ballots will be mailed to all non-overseas Boulder County voters on Friday, Oct. 9. You can sign up to track your ballot and get notified when it is mailed here: https://boulder.ballottrax.net/voter/#/
On Monday, Oct. 19 certain Vote Centers open and the new Ballot-to-Go service launches. The Ballot-to-Go service is a new option for voters who want their ballot to be delivered to their car during Vote Center hours. If your voter registration is current, you can call the Ballot-to-Go hotline at 720-440-7886 and select when and where you’d like to pick up your ballot. You’ll drive to your pick-up location, fill out your ballot in your car and then return your mail ballot to the dropbox at the same location. Voila, voting made easy!
Monday, Oct. 26 is the last day to request a replacement ballot be mailed to you and the last day to register and still receive a ballot by mail. In Colorado, there’s no registration deadline, which means you can register and vote on the same day. However, if you want to receive your ballot in the mail, this is your last day to do it.
Election Day is on Tuesday, Nov. 3. This is your absolute last chance to vote, with ballots due by 7 p.m. You’ll find a complete list of voting centers and ballot drop-off locations online (this website is being updated regularly): https://www.bouldercounty.org/elections/information/
Maybe you’ve heard that some funk stuff is going on at the U.S. Postal Service. No matter your politics, if you feel uncomfortable sending your ballot in the mail, know that you can always drop it off at a 24-hour ballot drop-off location, which does not involve the postal service.
If you want to check your voter registration, you can do so by visiting the Colorado Secretary of State’s website: https://www.sos.state.co.us/voter/pages/pub/olvr/findVoterReg.xhtml
You can also register to vote online, too: https://www.sos.state.co.us/voter/pages/pub/olvr/verifyNewVoter.xhtml
How to Get in Touch with Boulder County Elections Division
Got questions about the upcoming election? Here’s how to get in touch with someone at the Boulder County Elections Division:
In-person at these locations:
- Boulder: 1750 33rd Street
- Longmont: 529 Coffman Street
- Lafayette: 1376 Miners Drive