Who Can Vote?


  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Citizens who are 16 and 17 years old may preregister to vote.
  • You must be 18 years old on the date of an election to be eligible to vote in any election.
  • You must have resided in Colorado 22 days immediately before the election in which you intend to vote.
  • No person while serving a sentence of detention or confinement in a correctional facility, jail, or other location for a felony conviction is eligible to register to vote or to vote in any election. Learn more about voting and convictions.

Register to vote at www.GoVoteColorado.gov

or visit the page Voter Registration for more information.



When applied to voter registration, the term residence generally means the principal or primary home or place in which a person lives. A residence is a permanent building or part of a building and may include a house, apartment, condominium, room in a house, mobile home, or building.


On voter registration forms, your residential address means the address that verifies you are a resident of El Paso County. Your mailing address is the address where you want to receive your mail ballot for the upcoming election.

Not Permanent

An elector who has no fixed permanent address may use any address that he or she considers a “home base” where the elector regularly returns to and has the intent to remain. You must provide a legal residence or “home base” to register to vote. Once that residence is established, it exists until a new residence is established. But you may not have more than one legal residence.

College Students

If you are an El Paso County resident, but are a student at a university or college outside of El Paso County, please be sure to update your mailing address as soon as possible to reflect the best address for you to receive your mail ballot. Learn about voting options for students attending school out-of-state.

It is unlawful for any person to procure a false voter registration. A violation could result in a fine of up to $5,000, or imprisonment in the county jail for up to 18 months, or both.

Any person who votes in an election knowing that they are not entitled to vote commits a class 5 felony.