Are you SURE you’re registered to vote? Last year, millions of Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. Colorado offers so many options to cast your ballot that there’s truly no excuse for not letting your voice be heard at the polls. In addition, in a small community like Leadville, the power of one vote has determined more than one local election over the years. Make sure that your voice is heard in Leadville and Lake County elections.
Today – Tuesday, Sept. 24 – is National Voter Registration Day, an event celebrated across the United States to remind Americans to register to vote. Each year, National Voter Registration Day falls on the 4th Tuesday in September. In honor of the occasion, Saguache Today (ST) is sharing a message from Colorado Secretary of State Jenna Griswold whose office oversees elections and voter registration for the state. ST found her office to be helpful and responsive with a wide range of online options for voter registration, making the entire process simple and streamlined.
“I grew up working class in rural Colorado and know firsthand how important it is for every Coloradan’s voice to be heard,” stated Secretary Griswold who grew up in Estes Park, a rural Colorado community with many similarities to Saguache and Saguache County. “I encourage all eligible Coloradans to visit govotecolorado.com today to verify their registration or register to vote for the very first time.”
One of the most encouraging pieces of information Griswold shared with ST was that Colorado has the highest voter registration in the country with over 90% of eligible voters registered to vote. In fact, in 2018 Colorado had the second-highest turnout with 64% of eligible voters voting in the midterm election.
Colorado offers online voter registration. You can register to vote by mail in Colorado by printing a voter registration form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer. The following outlines the deadlines and qualification for voting in the November 5, #2019ElectionDay.
Who Can Vote in Saguache Today?
- Age: Must be 16 years of age, but you must be 18 years of age or older on the date of the election at which you intend to vote
- Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen
- Residency: Must have resided in Colorado 22 days immediately before the election at which you intend to vote.
- Felony Convictions: Are not serving a sentence of confinement, detention, or parole for a felony conviction. For more information see the Voting and Conviction FAQ.
- ID Requirements for Voter Registration: You must have a Colorado State driver’s license or ID card issued by the Department of Revenue you may register to vote online. If you do not have one of these, you may use the last four digits of your Social Security Number on a paper ballot.
- Online: Colorado Online Voter Registration
- In person: You can also register in person at:
- A Colorado Department of Motor Vehicle office when you apply for a driver’s license, or update your driver’s license information.
- Offices that provide public assistance, including offices that provide state-funded programs primarily engaged in providing services to persons with disabilities.
- Recruitment offices of the armed forces of the United States.
- Any federal, state, local government, or nongovernment office that chooses to provide voter registration service or applications.
- A voter service and polling center.
- Registering through a voter registration drive
- By mail/ in writing: Printable voter registration forms are available on the Secretary of State’s website, county clerk and recorder offices, and any federal post office that provides voter registration applications. You may mail, deliver, or scan and email your completed and signed form to your county clerk and recorder’s office. Mailed forms also accepted at Colorado Department of State, Elections Division, 1700 Broadway, Suite 200, Denver, CO 80290.
Colorado Registration Deadlines
Registration Deadline: Colorado law allows you to register to vote through Election Day, but please note that how you register to vote matters.
- If you register to vote by mail or online at least 8 days before an election conducted by your county clerk and recorder, the clerk will automatically mail you a ballot.
- If you register after the 8th day before an election conducted by your county clerk and recorder, you must visit one of the Voter Service and Polling Centers in your county to get a ballot.
- If you register to vote through a voter registration drive, your application must be submitted no later than 22 days before an election.
- You may register to vote by appearing in-person at a voter service and polling center through Election Day.
- Contact your Local Election Office if you have any questions. Saguache County Clerk and Recorder Trish Gilbert and her staff are very helpful and competent in making sure that your voice is heard at the polls.