El Paso County Elections Department | Liz Olson, elections manager
Office of the clerk & Recorder, Chuck broerman
Are ADA accessible voting machines available?
Yes. ADA accessible voting machines are available for use at any Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC).
The Independence Center will be open as a VSPC on Election Day, November 7, as well as Monday, November 6, from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. For more information click here.
When does my ballot have to be received to count?
Ballots must be received at the El Paso County Elections Department, Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC), or Ballot Drop-off Location by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 7, 2017.
POSTMARKS DO NOT COUNT. We recommend mailing no later than Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Ballots must be received by 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, to be counted.
Verifying your ballot
VOTE AT THE INDEPENDENCE CENTER
Ballots for the November 7, 2017 election will be sent October 16, 2017
ON THIS PAGE
If you do not receive your ballot by Tuesday, October 24, 2017, please verify your address at www.govotecolorado.com. If your address is correct, please contact our office at (719) 575-VOTE (8683) during regular business hours to request a replacement ballot.
If the address isn’t correct, update your address at www.govotecolorado.com with your Colorado Driver’s License. You may also visit any Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC) to pick up a ballot or vote in person.
How do I verify that my mail ballot has been sent?
You may verify that your ballot was sent by the Elections Department by visiting www.govotecolorado.com.
Can I verify that my vote was received if I voted in person?
When you vote in person, your verification is when you deposit your voted ballot in the ballot box at the VSPC. If you voted with a mail ballot, click on the icon to the right to check if your ballot was received.
What if I make a mistake on, damage or lose my mail ballot?
You may request a replacement ballot by calling (719) 575-VOTE (8683) during office hours or by email. You may also visit any Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC) to pick up a replacement ballot in person.
If I receive a ballot for a person that no longer lives at this address, what do I do with the ballot?
DO NOT bring the ballot to our office. The ballot needs to be returned to the USPS so they can return the ballot back to our office as undeliverable. These steps allow the Elections Department to stop sending ballots to the undeliverable address.
If I drop off my ballot in one of the 24 hour drop-off locations, do I have to put a stamp on my envelope?
No. This is the most secure method of returning your ballot. Please refer to Ballot Drop-Off Locations for the most convenient location for you to drop your ballot off.
If you are using a mail ballot to vote, be sure to sign the back of the envelope. Your signature is key in preventing voter fraud - we match the signature on your ballot against images of your signature from other elections/registration forms to be sure it's you. Sign carefully! Every vote is a voice - make sure it's yours.
What if the signatures do not match?
If the signature on the back of your ballot does not match our records, a letter will be sent to the address on file along with a form to confirm that you voted the ballot and signed the ballot envelope. Discrepancies in signatures that cannot be confirmed will be turned over to the District Attorney’s Office for investigation.
Can I sign a ballot on behalf of another voter if I have Power of Attorney (POA)?
No. An individual who has power of attorney does not have the authority to sign the self affirmation on behalf of the voter. If a voter is unable to sign, the voter shall affirm by making a mark on the Voter’s Signature line, with or without assistance. This mark must be witnessed by another person. A voter may use a signature stamp because of age, disability, or other need. The stamp is treated as a signature and does not require a witness.
If I forgot to sign my ballot, will it still be counted?
No. You must sign your ballot envelope in order for your ballot to be counted. If you forget to sign, you will be contacted by the Elections Department by mail or email with the steps necessary to fix the problem, or you may call us at (719) 575-VOTE (8683).
If a household member and I sign each other’s ballot envelope, will our ballots be counted?
Yes. However, if you still have all the ballot envelopes that were signed incorrectly, draw a line through the incorrect signature on the ballot envelope and sign your own envelope.
Turning in your ballot
If I am outside the state of Colorado AND in the military or a U.S. citizen residing overseas, when must my ballot be received in order for it to be counted?
Military members outside the state of Colorado and U.S. citizens residing overseas must send or transmit their voted ballot by 7:00 p.m. on the day of the Election. A voted ballot must be in the hands of the El Paso County Clerk & Recorder’s Office no later than the close of business on the 8th day following Election Day. Please refer to Military and Overseas Voting.
Military & Overseas Voters
Signing your ballot
Forget your secrecy sleeve?
No worries! Your ballot still counts.
VERIFY THAT WE RECEIVED YOUR BALLOT