El Paso County Elections Department | Angie Leath, Director of Elections
Office of the clerk & Recorder, Chuck broerman
What does residence mean for voter registration and voting?
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.
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.
To vote, you must be a U.S. citizen
To vote, you must at least 18 years old or older at the time of the next election
To vote, you must have resided in Colorado 22 days immediately before the election in which you intend to vote
To vote, you cannot be serving a sentence of confinement, detention, or parole for a felony conviction
To learn more about voting and convictions, click here.
It is unlawful for any person to procure 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.
If you receive a ballot for a deceased family member, please send a written, signed notice to the Clerk's Office (1675 W. Garden of the Gods Rd., Suite 2202, Colo. Springs, CO 80907).
The notice must include the full name, date of birth, and the address of the deceased elector.
For more Voter FAQs, visit the Secretary of State's website.