Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, 2018, but you’ll have a chance to vote much sooner than that!
Confirm Your Registration
The first thing you’ll want to do is check to make sure your voter registration is up to date!
All Colorado registered voters will receive a mail ballot automatically. Ballots are sent out between October 15th & 19th, and should arrive in your mailbox no later than October 22nd.
If you’re not registered, you can register online at www.GoVoteColorado.com until October 29th and you can register in person at a vote center until 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. To vote, you must be a U.S. Citizen, 18 years of age, and a resident of Colorado for at least 22 days before November 6, 2018.
Check Our Your Sample Ballot
You can see your sample ballot when confirming your registration at the link above. Jeffco voters can also see a sample ballot here.
Research Ballot Measures
In addition to candidates, you’ll see quite a few statewide and local measures on the ballot. For the 13 statewide ballot measures, you should receive your blue book in the mail shortly after October 5th, but you can view it online now: 2018 State Ballot Information Booklet. I also think the Bell Policy Center does a great job explaining ballot issues, and you can check out their ballot guide here: The Bell Policy Center 2018 Ballot Guide. And if you’re interested in my opinions about the various measures, you can read my endorsements blog post here.
There are also lots of local issues on the ballot. Here’s what you’ll see if you live in Lakewood:
- Jeffco School District Issues 5A&B: Our schools are in need of more funds to attract and retain great teachers and maintain our facilities. Learn more at WeAreJeffco.com. While we’ve worked hard to increase school funding at the state level, we’re still well below the national average.
- Lakewood Issue 2D: Without raising taxes, Lakewood voters can choose to allow the city to retain dollars above the TABOR limit to increase our investment in parks, police, and potholes. Learn more at OurLakewood.org.
- West Metro Fire Protection District Issue 7C: Because of the Gallagher amendment (long story), our fire district’s revenues are very uncertain in the years ahead. Without raising taxes, district voters can stabilize future budgets and make sure we don’t have to cut our fire protection. Learn more at LifeSavingAlliance.com.
- Urban Drainage and Flood Control District Issue 7G: Colorado’s bizarre constitutional requirements have ratcheted down this special district’s mill levy by 44%, putting real strain on our infrastructure. Learn more at UDFCD.org.
Vote Right Away
When you get your ballot, please make sure to complete it, sign the affidavit on the envelope, and mail it back right away. Postage requirements vary from county to county, but you’ll be safe with two first-class stamps. If this is time voting by mail, you may receive a letter with your ballot instructing you to submit a photocopy of one of the acceptable forms of ID. You can check online to see if your ballot was received at BallotTrax.
Find Your Vote Center or Ballot Drop-Off Locations
If you prefer to drop off your ballot, you can do so at one of several Voter Service and Polling Centers or ballot drop boxes. Visit VoteJeffCo.com for locations near you.
Vote centers open on Monday, October 22 and will be open on weekdays and Saturdays through Election Day (with even more locations open on Tuesday, November 6).At these locations, you can register, drop off a mail ballot, request a replacement ballot, or vote using either a paper ballot or ADA accessible voting equipment. Voting in person will nullify your mail ballot. Hours vary at each location, so be sure to check first on the VoteJeffCo Map.
For more information, please contact the Jeffco Clerk and Recorder’s office at (303) 271-8111, firstname.lastname@example.org, or on the web at www.VoteJeffco.com. Find additional information about Colorado elections on the Colorado Secretary of State webpage: https://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/electionInfo.html