FAQ: The procrastinator’s guide to last-minute voting in Colorado

November 3, 2014
Photo: Voting by mail (AP Photo)
Megan Monroe, right, and Brian Fuentes drop of their ballots at an electoral drop box, in Boulder, Colo., Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. Mail-in voting in Colorado means that most voters cast their ballots before Election Day.

Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 4, and CPR News has answers to your questions to ensure that last-minute voters are prepared.

More: Election 2014 coverage | Voters guides 

Though it's too late to mail a ballot in the state of Colorado, voters still have time to be counted. 

Am I allowed to vote?

In the state of Colorado,  you can vote if you:

• will be at least 18 years old on Nov. 4,

• are a United States citizen,

• have lived in Colorado for 22 days "immediately before the election at which you intend to vote", and

• are not serving a sentence, or on parole.

Can I still register to vote?

Yes. Colorado law allows voter registrations all the way through Election Day. You can register online to vote or you can register at a voter service center in your county. If you registered online after Oct. 27, you still need to pick up your ballot at a center.

Where do I vote?

Just Vote! Colorado, a non-partisan election protection program, has a tool to find the nearest locations for you.

When can I vote?

Polls close Tuesday at 7 p.m.

I can't mail my ballot after Nov. 1? What do I do with my completed ballot that's not been mailed?

Finished ballots must be dropped off at an official location in the county where you are registered to vote. To find a location near you, the Colorado County Clerks Association has this tool

The Secretary of State website warns that "[B]allots must be in the hands of the county clerk by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day in order to be counted."

What if I lost my ballot or spoiled my ballot?

You can vote by going to a voter service center. Denver Elections Division spokesman Alton Dillard explains the voting system will only record one ballot from one voter, so the lost ballot would be "null and void."

How do I find out more about the issues?

We've prepared extensive voter guides for candidates running for the U.S. Senate, Colorado governor as well as other statewide and federal races. 

What about the judges on my ballot?

Colorado voters choose to retain or release their judges based on merit not political party. Every election, a non-partisan committee of 10 people who have appeared before the judge, four attorneys and six people who are not attorneys, evaluate the judge and make a recommendation.

Those recommendations are available online from the Office of Judicial Performance evaluation.

Enjoy voting and be sure to check back for our live blog of election results Tuesday night.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said citizens on probation could not vote. They can, according to the Secretary of State. 

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