It’s Election Day in Colorado, and there’s still time to vote if you haven’t done so already — and even if you haven’t registered.
More than a million registered voters in Colorado have yet to cast a ballot, so if you’re one of those procrastinators there are some important things you should know.
Here’s a breakdown of what last-minute voters should keep in mind Tuesday and a look at how The Colorado Sun will cover things as results begin to roll in later in the day:
Facebook Live: Politics reporters Jesse Paul and John Frank will also host a Facebook Live at 12 p.m. to break down the races and answer your questions. You can submit prompts to email@example.com and watch at facebook.com/thecoloradosun.
Polls close at 7 p.m.
If you have filled out a ballot that was delivered to your mailbox, it’s far too late to mail that back.
Ballots must be in the hands of your county’s election officials by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, so you have to use a drop box at this point. Postmarks do not count, so — seriously — don’t try to mail it back if you want your ballot to count.
If you didn’t receive a ballot and plan to vote in person, you can do so at your county’s designated voting center or centers. Polls close at 7 p.m. though, so you must be in line by 7 p.m. to cast a vote.
If you are in line at 7 p.m. and still waiting to vote, don’t worry. As long as you were queued up before the deadline, you still will be able to vote.
Where can I drop off my ballot/vote?
If you need help finding a polling station, visit govotecolorado.com.
At that website you can also track your ballot if you mailed it in or dropped it off at one of your county’s designated drop boxes.
Uber is offering free rides to polling centers today. Lyft is offering 50 percent off rides for people in certain areas.
What if I’m not registered to vote?
Colorado is a same-day voter registration state, meaning that as long as you have the right documentation you can register to vote and cast a ballot up until 7 p.m.
If you have a Colorado driver’s license or ID card issued by the state’s Department of Revenue, you may register to vote online at www.GoVoteColorado.com. (You still have to go to the voter center to cast a ballot, however, because it’s too late to be mailed a ballot.)
If you don’t have a Colorado driver’s license, just show up to a voting center with the ID you have and a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document showing your name and current address (within last 60 days) and present the documents to an elections official. If you have the right paperwork, you will be registered to vote and handed a ballot.
Voters without ID can cast a provisional ballot.
I have a question/would like to report an issue
The Colorado Sun is part of ProPublica’s Electionland project, a collaboration of newsrooms around the country tracking voting problems on Election Day (and beyond).
We’d like to hear about any voting problems you might have.
Here’s how you can participate:
- Visit https://www.propublica.org/electionland-2018-voters-form/
- SMS: Send the word VOTE, VOTA (for Spanish) or 投票 (for Chinese) to 81380 (standard text message rates apply).
- WhatsApp: Send the word VOTE, VOTA (for Spanish) or 投票 (for Chinese) to 1-850-909-8683.
- Facebook Messenger: Go to m.me/electionland.
If you see any issues with voter registration, missing data, or other issues, you can also tag Electionland on Twitter @Electionland.
Where can I find information on candidates and ballot questions?
We’ve got you covered.
VOTER GUIDE 2018: Resources, explainers, latest news and more
How will The Colorado Sun be covering Election Day?
The Sun will have reporters out in the field and in our offices tracking candidates and ballot questions throughout the day.
We will also have a team answering your voting questions and tracking down any issues you might have. (See the Electionland information above.)
Stick with us throughout the day and long into the night for results, analysis and a live blog from the campaign watch parties and campaign trail.
Politics reporters Jesse Paul and John Frank will also host a Facebook live to discuss the races and answer questions. You can submit prompts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Returns will start coming in after polls close at 7 p.m. and we will get the information to you as soon as we know it.
Feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com and we will do our best to get back in touch with you.
You can also tweet at @politicssun or @coloradosun to get in touch.
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