Colorado

The Centennial State

Motto:
Nil sine numine (Nothing without Providence)


Constitution

Colorado is one of seven states that conduct “all-mail” elections, and local election officials automatically send mail ballots to every active voter ahead of Election Day. In 2020, 3,295,666 ballots were cast in Colorado, putting overall stateturnout at about 76%. Colorado voters favored Joe Biden, who won its 9 electoral votes with 55.4% of the popular vote. Colorado has historically voted for both Democrat and Republican presidential candidates, but has favored Democrats since 2008.

Colorado has a bicameral legislature with 35 senators and 65 representatives. Democrats currently hold the majority in both chambers. Governor Jared Polis (D) is eligible for re-election in 2022.

Election Integrity

In the wake of the 2020 elections and resulting lack of confidence in the outcome, state legislatures across the country reviewed their election laws and proposed and/or enacted certain modifications to existing law. While our country remains bitterly divided, a battle is taking place as to whether these laws suppress the vote or expand access to the ballot box. Many believe claims of voter suppression from the Left are part of a larger effort to federalize our elections. But the U.S. Constitution grants state legislatures authority to establish state election laws.

Learn more about state election law reforms and decide for yourself. Do you want bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. controlling local elections or do you want your state lawmakers to write laws that meet your state’s unique characteristics?

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

Legislative Ratings

The American Conservative Union Foundation rates all members of the legislature to track how they vote on key legislation. A high rating reflects a more conservative voting record.

Colorado averages a 44% rating, reflecting its more left leaning position. Visit their ratings page to learn more about individual voting and why ACU opposed or supported the legislation.

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