Voting in Colorado
Dear DU students, faculty and staff,
Election season is upon us, and we encourage everyone to exercise their right to vote. Especially if this year marks your first presidential election, you will likely feel a great sense of agency and urgency as you cast your ballot to choose the leaders and influence the issues that will help shape the future of this country. As critical thinkers, it is natural to feel cynical or skeptical at times; but, as citizens of the world, we also can feel hope when we participate in democracy.
|•||Early voting begins in Colorado—and on DU’s campus—on October 19, and voting runs through Election Day, November 3. If you are not yet registered to vote in Colorado, you may register to vote now, up to, and on Election Day. If you currently have a valid Colorado driver’s license or a valid identification card issued by the Colorado Department of Revenue, you may register to vote online at www.govotecolorado.gov. If you do not have a valid Colorado driver’s license or a valid identification card issued by the Colorado Department of Revenue, you can still register to vote, just not online.|
|•||On Monday, October 19 and Tuesday, October 20 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), DU’s campus will host a Haul-n-Vote mobile unit, where Denver voters can safely register in person, and also cast a ballot. Signage will direct you to the location between Anderson Academic Commons and Driscoll Student Center.|
Once registered, Denver voters can either vote at the mobile unit on campus, (or at a ballot box on DU’s Driscoll Student Center lawn), which will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m Monday–Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. You also can vote at any one of the voter service centers located in Denver, or you may drop your ballot in any permanent mail ballot drop box in Denver. These boxes are identified by the Denver Votes logo attached to them. A list of Denver voting locations may be found here.
|•||If you want to register to vote in a county other than Denver, visit the Colorado Secretary of State’s website for links to registration and voting instructions in your Colorado county of choice.|
|•||For voting, the Colorado Secretary of State provides a long list of acceptable forms of identification here.|
As you engage in the issues and decide what and who to support, we offer these links to official resources:
- The non-profit, non-partisan Campus Election Engagement Project offers a state-by-state guide to candidates and issues. Their website will likely be informative, regardless of where you are registered.
- For information pertaining to Colorado’s two major parties, you can visit our state Democratic and Republican websites.
- The Denver County Elections Division offers city-specific information here.
- Finally, if you are registered in another state, contact local elections offices for voter information.
We respect your dedication to civic engagement and trust you will be open to differences of opinion as we navigate this especially important election season.
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Interim Vice Chancellor of Human Resources