Colorado Election Law

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Voter Registration

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
MethodIn person, mail, online.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
DeadlineEight days before Election Day to receive ballot in the mail; otherwise, Election Day.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
AutomaticYesNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Same DayYesNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Absentee Ballot Application

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
ExcuseNo excuse required.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
AutomaticYes; Colorado uses a vote-by-mail system exclusively.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Deadline7PM on Election Day.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Valid for X# of CyclesIndefinitelyNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Absentee Ballot Return (other than by mail)

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Voter IDPhoto ID or other official document verifying name and address.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
In PersonYesNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Drop BoxYes No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Return Deadline7PM on Election DayNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Ballot Harvesting

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
ProhibitedNo; ballots can be delivered by any person chosen by the voter. Only an authorized agent of the county clerk and recorder or designated election official may return more than ten ballots.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Limited 3rd PartyNot prohibited; limited to 10 ballots.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Paid Political OperativesNot prohibited; limited to 10 ballots.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Early Voting

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
By MailYesNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
In PersonYesNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Voter Identification - Absentee Ballot

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Signature VerificationYesNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Witness StatementNoNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
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Cure ProcessYesNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Voter Identification - In Person

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Photo ID Not required; ID must show name and address.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Other OptionsListed by the Secretary of State.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Provisional BallotsUsed for voters without valid ID, challenged eligibility, or who are shown to already have voted in the statewide voter registration system.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Voting Day

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Hours7AM-7PMNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Wait TimeNo LegislationNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
ElectioneeringProhibited within 100 feet of polling places.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
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Voter Rolls

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Update FrequencyUpdated continuously.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Voter RemovalDeath, felony conviction, written confirmation of address change, or election inactivity through 2 general elections.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity