Colorado ballots are being mailed this week, and Denverite put together a great guide with everything you need to know…visit the links below to access the full information, and keep a careful eye on the deadlines to make sure your vote gets counted.
When you cast your vote in Colorado, you will be deciding not only who this state's leaders will be, but you will help figure out how the state should fund road repairs and education, how district maps are redrawn and if slavery should be completely wiped from the state constitution.
To help you out, Denverite created some guides for stuff you'll see on Colorado's ballot and Denver's ballot, including names you should know and stories that could provide you with additional information to help you make a decision.
Please share this Denverite election kit with your friends who might need help registering to vote or understanding their ballots!
In Colorado, you can register to vote on election day. But why wait?
The last day to register online and still have your ballot mailed to you is Oct. 29.After that, you can still register online, but you'll have to vote in person. Same-day registration can only be done in-person at polling places.
Ballots are being mailed out this week. You should receive yours by the end of the week (don't panic if you don't get yours before your neighbor!). In Denver, you can get updates about your ballot by text or email by signing up for Ballot TRACE.
If you mail your ballot to return it, try to send it in before Oct. 30. Otherwise, you run the risk of not having it received by the city's election division by Nov. 6.
If you want to drop your ballot off, here's a list of places you can do that, including 28 drop boxes available 24-hours a day and polling places available on Election Day.
The ballot guides
Denverite made three separate ballot guides to help you make your way through your (historically long!) ballots.
Here's the guide to statewide races and ballot initiatives. You probably already know who's running for governor, and you might even know who's running for attorney general, but do you know Amendment 73 from Amendment 75? Our guide has the short versions and links to more details.
Next, if you live in Denver, you'll want to visit our guide to the city's nine ballot initiatives, which range from tax-increase to fund mental health services to campaign financing laws to new rules for police department hires. Once again, we've got the high-level descriptions and links to more details on each.
Finally, we've got a look at candidates in Denver and the surrounding areas who are running for the state legislature. Many of the Denver races won't be competitive — in fact, some legislators are running unopposed. But there are nearby races that could be pivotal in changing the balance of power in Colorado's General Assembly.
Who wants to be a governor?
This is the Big One. Gov. John Hickenlooper is term-limited, so he's out of the picture. Democrat Jared Polis, a U.S. Congressman from Boulder, and Walker Stapleton, the State Treasurer, are both hoping to replace Hick.