Voting and Returning My Ballot

Colorado has a voting system in which all active, registered voters receive a ballot in the mail. Voters also have the option to vote in person at a Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC).

In order to receive your ballot in the mail, you must register to vote, or update your address/registration if necessary, within 8 days of the Election. For the 2020 General Election, that deadline is October 26.

That deadline allows time for processing and mailing your ballot. You can register to vote or update your registration prior to that deadline online at ​www.govotecolorado.gov.

After the deadline, you can still register to vote and you also can update your registration and receive your ballot. Both may be done at one of our Voter Service & Polling Centers through Election Day.

Key Dates for the 2020 General Election

  • Ballots are mailed to active, registered voters beginning October 9.
  • October 26 is the last day citizens may register to vote or update their voter record at www.GoVoteColorado.gov and have a ballot mailed to them.
  • After October 26, citizens must register to vote or update their voter record and receive their ballot at a Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC). They may do both through Election Day November 3.
  • Locations/operating hours of VSPCs and ballot drop boxes are available here.
  • October 26 is the recommended last day to return your ballot by mail. Postmarks do not count. There are 24/7 secure ballot drop boxes throughout the county to return your ballot.
  • All branch offices will be closed November 2 and 3 for motor vehicle and recording services. They will be open as Voter Service and Polling Centers (VSPCs).
  • November 3 – Election Day. Ballots must be received by 7 p.m. Postmarks do not count.

Equipment

El Paso County’s voting equipment uses updated technology, and has many unique ADA features. The high-tech Runbeck Agilis sorting machine increases the efficiency of processing ballots. Our equipment consistently passes all testing and audits to ensure its functionality and security. For more information about our equipment and election security, please click here.

At each of our VSPCs there are ballot marking devices where voters can vote in person. Click here to learn how easy the machine is to use.

Mail Ballots

Elections in Colorado are conducted by mail ballot. Voters are mailed their ballot and can fill it out at theirBallot Drop-Off Box convenience. To return their voted ballot, voters may:

  • drop off the ballot in one of our 24/7 secure ballot drop boxes throughout the County
  • drop it off at a Voter Service and Polling Center
  • mail it with postage – Important! Ballots must be received by the Clerk and Recorder’s Office by the deadline of 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. Postmarks do not count!

Locations of secure 24-hour ballot drop boxes.

Voter Service and Polling Center

Citadel Voter Service and Polling CenterVoter Service and Polling Centers (VSPCs) are one-stop vote locations where you can register to vote, update your registration, vote in person and drop off your voted mail ballot all in one place. For each election, we will have several conveniently located VSPCs throughout El Paso County.

You may go to any VSPC to transact business, drop your ballot or vote.

If voting in person at a Voter Service & Polling Center, you will be asked to provide identification. Find out about the Acceptable Forms of Identification

If you prefer to vote on a ballot marking device, the ICX machine is available and this video will provide easy instructions.

Locations of Voter Service and Polling Centers.

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