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FAQ

Answers to frequently asked questions about voting.

How do I register to vote?

You can register or update your registration information at govotecolorado.gov.

 

What is the deadline to register to vote?

In Colorado, you can register to vote in-person up to and including Election Day, Tuesday, November 3rd. But don’t wait! Lines will be shorter and it will be safer for the election officers and judges if you register online or if you go to a Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC) as soon as possible.

 

You can register to vote online up to and including October 26th. Go to govotecolorado.gov.

 

I’ve moved but I have kept my post office box - why do I still need to change my voting address?

Which ballot you receive depends on your residential (not mailing) address. Where you live in Eagle County determines which candidates are on your ballot. For example, if you live in Vail but have a P.O. Box in Edwards, you will get a ballot that includes the candidates for U.S. Congressional District 2. If you live in Edwards and have a P.O. Box in Edwards you would get a ballot that includes the candidates for U.S. Congressional District 3.

 

I will be gone during this election season! Can I get my ballot forwarded?

Ballots are not permitted to be forwarded. You need to make sure your mailing address is correct at govotecolorado.gov.

 

You can also put in a temporary mailing address. You can find that on the voter registration page under Mail My Ballot to a Different Mailing Address. That will remain your mailing address unless and until you change it for future elections, so don’t forget to update it regularly. This ballot mailing address field works great for voters who are visiting family for an extended period of time, have been displaced due to COVID, are studying outside of the area, etc.

I’m a college student. How can I vote?

College students have options! A short summary: you can vote in Colorado so long as you have been a resident for 22 days, which means you can vote in Colorado if you grew up here and still consider Colorado to be your residence, or if you have come to Colorado for college (even if you are now remotely learning) and have been a resident for at least 22 days. If you prefer to vote in another state (because it is where you grew up or where you now go to school), check the rules of that state. But remember to pick just one state -- you can only vote once! This article from the Colorado Sun does a good job describing your options.

 

When should I expect to receive my ballot in the mail?

Ballots will be mailed to all active, registered voters on October 9th. Colorado law determines the first day ballots can be mailed, and this is it! If you don't receive yours by October 19th, our Clerk and Recorder, Regina O'Brien, asks that you stop by a VSPC for a new ballot. (VSPCs are open starting Oct 19th, except in Vail, which opens October 30th.) And don't forget to sign up for Ballottrax -- it will show you where your ballot is throughout the process.

I got my ballot in the mail. How can I return it?

There are three ways to return your ballot – but before you do any of these, be sure to vote all the way down and sign the envelope!

1. Drop it in an election drop box anywhere in Colorado by 7 pm Nov 3rd. You can find the Eagle County locations here, and you can find all the drop boxes in the state at justvotecolorado.org (scroll down to the map). 

2. Put it in a mailbox (use two stamps) no later than October 26th. Your ballot must arrive in the Clerk & Recorder's office by 7:00 pm Nov 3rd to count – it will not count if you mail it on Nov 3rd!

3. Drop it off in person at a Voter Service Center. Those centers can also be found at justvotecolorado.org, and the Eagle County locations can be found here.

I got my ballot in the mail. But I want to vote in person! How do I do that?

You can vote in person! Just go to a VSPC (see the link to find locations and hours below) between October 19th and November 3rd at 7pm. Vote early if you can to avoid lines!

Here are your in-person options:
    •    Fill out your ballot at home and drop it off at a VSPC. We highly recommend you do this, given how many ballot issues there are! You can pick up an “I Voted” sticker while you are there.
    •    Go to a VSPC and fill out your ballot there. If you are in a voter booth in a VSPC you have 15 minutes to fill out the ballot. You can bring paperwork/notes into the voting booth.
    •    Go to a VSPC and use a “ballot marking device” to fill out your ballot. But don’t forget you will be voting on over a dozen matters – it is just easier to do it at home and using a paper ballot. Note that you do not need to turn in the ballot you got in the mail to do this. But you can't vote two ballots – you will get in big trouble if you do!
For Voter Service and Polling Centers in Eagle County, go to this site. If you do go in-person, you must wear a mask, practice social distancing and follow the rules regarding no electioneering (which include a prohibition on carrying or wearing anything that has the name of a candidate.)

A family member is serving in the armed forces overseas – will she be able to vote?

By law, ballots are mailed to all military and overseas citizens on September 19, 2020. To request a ballot, or for more information, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website .

 

I don’t have a good mailing address - can I pick up my ballot?

You can pick up a ballot and return it starting September 21st. Your first and best option is to update your mailing address as noted above. But if you do not have a good mailing address, you can pick up your ballot (and ONLY your own ballot -- you can’t pick up anyone else’s ballot) at the Clerk & Recorders office at 500 Broadway in Eagle or at 20 Eagle County Drive in El Jebel. You can fill it out and put it in a ballot box while you are there, or you can take it home and return it later. (But why wait?!)

 

What if I don’t receive my ballot in the mail?

If you do not receive your ballot by Monday, October 19, you can visit a VSPC to pick up a ballot. There is no need to wait until Election Day to receive your ballot if it didn’t appear when expected or if you have lost it. You can’t vote twice, but you can get a replacement ballot if necessary. You will need an acceptable ID (you don't need an ID to vote, but you do need an ID to get a new ballot). Acceptable ID's include a driver's license, an ID card issued by the Department of Revenue or a US passport. A list of other valid IDs can be found here. 

I made a mistake on my ballot – what do I do? 
No worries! You can get a new ballot at a VSPC. Just bring in an acceptable ID (you don't need an ID to vote, but you do need an ID to get a new ballot). Acceptable ID's include a driver's license, an ID card issued by the Department of Revenue or a US passport. A list of other valid ID's can be found here. You do not need to turn in the ballot you got in the mail to do this. But you can't vote two ballots -- you will get in big trouble if you do!

Signature issues?
Your ballot can be rejected if the signature on your envelope does not match the signatures on file at the Clerk & Recorder’s Office. Do you think your signature has changed recently? It is a particular issue if you are a younger voter and the only signature the Clerk & Recorder has on file for you is from when you were 16. The best way to avoid a problem is to fill out this form (or for Spanish, this form)  and drop it off or mail it back to a VSPC. This will give them a recent sample signature to compare. It’s easy -- do it now if you are worried!

 

If your ballot is rejected because of a signature mismatch, you will be sent a letter giving you eight days to confirm that it is actually your signature. There are two ways to “cure” a discrepancy (these two options will also be explained in the letter you receive). The first is to return the signed paper affidavit with a photocopy of an acceptable form of ID to the Eagle County Clerk & Recorder’s office. The second is to text “Colorado” to 2VOTE (28638) and click on the link you receive as a reply. You then enter the voter ID number printed on the rejection notice you received, affirm you returned a ballot for the election, sign the affidavit on your phone, take a photo of an acceptable form of ID, and select “Submit”. Your  information is then electronically transmitted to the Clerk & Recorder’s Office for processing during business hours. Assuming you complete these steps before midnight on November 12, your ballot will be counted.

How can I get another ballot or voting question answered?

Our Eagle County Clerk & Recorder's office is always happy to help. They can be reached at elections@eaglecounty.us and at 970-328-8715. But they will be busy as we get closer to election day. So you should also feel free to email us at vailvalleyvotes@gmail.com, or call the Colorado Democrats Voter Protection Hotline at 720-580-0148.

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