What is the purpose of a Primary Election and a General Election?
The State of Colorado holds regularly scheduled state elections every two years. During a regularly scheduled election year, a Primary Election is held in June, followed by the General Election in November. During a Presidential Election year, a Presidential Primary Election is also held in March. The purpose of the Presidential Primary Election and Primary Election is to nominate candidates from each party’s primary ballot for the November General Election. The winner(s) of the November General Election are then elected to hold office.
Where can I find Federal and State election laws?
Federal and State election laws and the Secretary of State election rules are available on the Election Laws, Rules, & Resources page.
Where can I find a list of all the important election dates?
Key dates for voters in each election cycle are listed on the Elections Information page. The complete Elections Calendar from the Colorado Secretary of State provides a detailed list of all statutory requirements and deadlines for each election cycle.
How will I receive my ballot?
Every registered voter in Colorado receives a mail ballot. Your mail ballot will be sent to the mailing address you provided when you registered to vote. To check what address you provided when registering to vote or to update your voter registration, please visit GoVoteColorado.gov.
Voters are encouraged to return their ballot to a county-controlled 24-hour ballot drop box or by mail. If you need voter assistance or wish to vote in-person, you may do so at a Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC).
How do I know if my mail ballot has been mailed to me?
Please visit DouglasVotes.com and click on Track Your Ballot. You have the option to manage updates regarding your ballot status by phone, email or text message. You may also visit GoVoteColorado.gov and click on ‘Find my registration’. Once you are logged into your voter record, you can check your ballot status. If you have any additional questions about the status of your mail ballot, please contact Douglas County Elections at 303-660-7444.
If I choose not to vote on a candidate or question, will my other votes still be counted?
Yes. If you choose not to vote for a candidate or a ballot question, the rest of the votes on your ballot will be counted.
How do I make sure my mail ballot will be counted?
Every valid mail ballot is counted. To ensure your ballot is valid, follow the instructions on your ballot regarding how to mark your choices and make any corrections. Also read the instructions on your ballot return envelope and sign your ballot return envelope.
For your ballot to count, your county clerk must receive your ballot no later than 7:00 PM on Election Day. Postmarks do not count. If you are unsure whether your ballot will arrive through the mail on time, deliver it in person at one of the convenient ballot drop box locations throughout Douglas County or at a Voter Service and Polling Center.
If you are registering to vote for the first time, you may need to provide a copy of your ID with your mail ballot. These instructions will be provided with your mail ballot.
What type of voting equipment does Douglas County use? Is there a way to vote electronically?
Colorado is an all-mail ballot state. If a voter chooses not to use the paper ballot that is mailed to them and instead requests a replacement ballot from Douglas County Elections or a Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC), the voter will be issued the exact same paper ballot, created and printed on site, as the original mail ballot sent to them. The original ballot must be destroyed as it is against the law to attempt to vote more than one time. Each VSPC is equipped with an ADA-accessible ballot marking device that any voter may request to use. Upon completion of the voting process, this ballot marking device will print a paper ballot indicating the choices selected for the voter to place in the ballot box. There is no option to vote electronically at a Douglas County VSPC. Paper ballots provide a secure and completely auditable method for conducting elections. Douglas County Elections uses Clear Ballot election technology and the Clear Count tabulation and reporting system for all ballot processing.
My number is registered on the “Do Not Call” list, but I still receive calls from candidates and political campaigns. Is this legal?
Yes. The law makes an exemption for “political calls” when defining “telephone solicitation.” Specifically, Section 6-1-903(10) of the Colorado Revised Statutes, states:
(a) “Telephone solicitation” means any voice, telefacsimile, graphic imaging, or data communication, including text messaging communication over a telephone line or through a wireless telephone for the purpose of encouraging the purchase or rental of, or investment in, property, goods, or services.
(b) Notwithstanding [the above definition], “telephone solicitation” does not include communications:
(V) Made for the sole purpose of urging support for or opposition to a political candidate or ballot issue; or
(VI) Made for the sole purpose of conducting political polls or soliciting the expression of opinions, ideas, or votes. In addition to the political phone calls, there is an increase in the volume of political literature sent through the mail.
There is no complaint or removal process established for political calls or mailings. One option is contacting your county clerk and recorder and requesting that your phone number be removed from your voter registration information. But this will NOT guarantee that your phone number will not be obtained from other sources.