Mail ballots must be received by the time the polls close at 7:00pm on Election Day. If you are not sure if your ballot will arrive on time, drop it off in person.

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Colorado absentee ballot deadlines

Request deadlines

  • In Person: N/A
  • By Mail: If you need to change where your ballot is mailed, submit address change at least 8 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Ballot deadlines

  • Voted ballots are due: Received by 7pm on Election Day.

Colorado absentee ballot rules

Mail ballots will automatically be sent to all registered voters. If you need your ballot sent somewhere other than your usual address, contact your local election official at least one month before the election so you have time to receive the ballot. The deadline to request a mail ballot a new address is 8 days before Election Day.

Colorado absentee ballot directions

All registered Colorado voters receive mail ballots. You only need to apply for an absentee ballot if you need your ballot mailed someplace other than your usual address. If that's the case:

  1. Use our Absentee Ballot Tool to prepare your application.
  2. Sign and date the form. This is very important!
  3. Return your completed application to your Local Election Office as soon as possible. We'll provide the mailing address for you.
  4. All Local Election Offices will accept mailed or hand-delivered forms. Your Local Election Office will also let you fax or email the application.
  5. Double-check the deadlines and be sure to cast your voted ballot on time to be sure it is counted.
  6. Please contact your Local Election Office if you have any further questions about the exact process.

Tracking your ballot

You can track your ballot directly with your state.

Once you receive your ballot...

  1. Once you receive the ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
  2. Sign and date where indicated.
  3. Mail your voted ballot back to the address indicated on the return envelope.
  4. Your voted ballot must arrive by the deadline or it will not be counted.
  5. Double-check the deadlines and be sure to cast your voted ballot on time to be sure it is counted.