How to register to vote in Colorado and other important deadlines

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo.- With less than 30 days to go until the election, both parties are pushing hard to get voters out to the polls in November.

There’s still plenty of time to get registered to vote but now is the time to check that your information is accurate and up to date, especially if you’re new to the area.

“Registering to vote in El Paso County, or the state of Colorado, is actually pretty easy,” said Ryan Parsell, Chief Deputy El Paso County Clerk and Recorder.

To get registered there are a couple of options.

The easiest? Online at

You have to have a valid Colorado driver license or ID card to pick this option.

No Colorado ID? No problem.

Right now, voters can stop by one of the five county offices with an acceptable form of ID, like a passport, copy of a utility bill or a Military ID.

“There’s a number of acceptable forms of ID that you can use that can be found on our website,,” said Parsell.

Ballots will start being mailed out October 17.

“There’s no absentee ballot request, there’s no extra steps. So as long as your voter registration is current, you’ll get a ballot in the mail,” said Parsell.

The state of Colorado doesn’t have a voter registration deadline, but if you want to get a ballot in the mail, you must be registered by October 31.

“You can return that ballot either through the U.S. Postal Service or through one of the drop boxes that we have,” said Parsell.

There are 15 conveniently located drop boxes throughout the county that are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“That’s a popular option,” said Parsell.

After October 31, voters will have to register in person to get a ballot at one of the county offices, or a voter service and polling center.

“By election day we’ll have 25 voter and polling centers open throughout El Paso County and you can vote in person in one of those centers, you can register to vote, you can get a replacement ballot and make changes to your voter registration file,” said Parsell.

Any voter can go to any voter and service polling center up until election day.

“Some people remember the old model where you had to go to an assigned polling center if you wanted to vote in person, those days are over,” said Parsell.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, and all ballots must be received by 7 p.m.

Post marked ballots do not count so Parsell recommends dropping ballots off in person after November 2, instead of putting them in the mail.

Election officials are anticipating a large voter turnout this year.

The highest turnout for a presidential election in El Paso County was in 2012 when about 290,000 people voted.

Parsell said this election they are expecting between 300,000 and 325,000 voters, about a 12 percent increase and a difference of about 35,000 people.

“Personally I think every election is important, but you certainly get the sense that the American people have a lot to say during this election cycle and it’s not just the presidential race. We’ve got issues up and down the ballot that people feel passionately about, they’re engaged and they want their voices heard,” said Parsell.

More questions about voting? Call the voter hotline at 719-575-VOTE (8683)

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