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Take Control of Your Future: VOTE in Your Local Election

Take Control of Your Future: VOTE in Your Local Election

Election Day is coming up on November 7, 2017 and we are excited to share information and tips about voting for people with disabilities and their families. 

En Español: Derecho al Voto de los Individuos con Discapacidades; y Regístrate para Votar

If you are an educator interested in informing your students about the importance of voting, check out this article, Rock the Vote, from Teaching Tolerance!

In every election season it is extremely important for all eligible voters to cast their ballot, including voters who have disabilities! The right to vote is a constitutional right. The fact that a person has a disability does not mean that the individual cannot vote. People with disabilities have an equal right to make their voices heard on Election Day.

Below is a quick summary of Colorado Voter Registration information. Please also check out/download these free infographics all about voting for people with disabilities:

To be an eligible voter in the State of Colorado, a person must:

  • Be at least 18 years old on or before the next Election Day.
  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Have lived in Colorado 22 days immediately before the election which they intend to vote in.
  • Not be serving a sentence of confinement, detention, or parole for a felony conviction.

Colorado Voter Registration Information:
Recent changes to Colorado voting laws allow for several voter registration methods, each with their own requirements and deadlines. State agencies that primarily serve people with disabilities are required to offer voter registration.

Registering to vote in person:

Registering to vote online:

  • In order to register to vote online, you must have a Colorado driver's license or identification card.
  • In order to receive a ballot by mail, the last day to register online is the 8th day prior to an election (meaning October 30, 2017 for the 2017 election).
  • You can learn more about Colorado's online registration procedures and register, confirm, verify, or update your registration status on the Colorado Secretary of State's website.

Registering to vote by mail:

Every registered voter in Colorado automatically receives a mail in ballot. Colorado voting law allows voters to vote at any Voting Service and Polling Center (VSPC) in their district which should make voting even more convenient!

Take a moment to register, confirm, verify, and/or update your voter registration status and encourage and support ALL people in your community to do the same! You have until October 30, 2017 if you want to do this by mail. Remember, you can register and vote in person at a voter service and polling center in your county! 

Every citizen of the United States, including citizens with disabilities, has a voice that deserves to be valued, recognized, and heard. It is the foundation of a democracy, and one of the best ways to make your voice heard is to vote.