Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I vote?
Your vote helps to determine taxes, laws, education, community issues, and, of course, who will lead your community, state, and country.
Your vote DOES make a difference.
Why is it important that my voter information is up-to-date?
The issues and candidates that you vote on are directly related to your address. In order for you to receive the correct ballot style, the Election Office must have your correct voter information. In addition, to guarantee the security of elections the post office does not forward ballots to your new address, so you will only receive a mail-in ballot if your voter address is current.
How and where can I update my voter record?
You may also update your voter registration at the Department of Revenue, when you renew or update your driver's license.
Why would my registration be inactive?
- The post office returned a piece of election mail or a ballot as undeliverable. Your status will then become Inactive -Returned Mail, or Inactive - Undeliverable Ballot, respectively.
Can I still vote if my registration status is Inactive?
Yes, but a ballot will not be mailed to you if your status is inactive. You must update your record by the applicable deadlines (see Calendar) and ballot will be mailed to you.
At a Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC), a status of Inactive will not affect your right to vote and your participation will reactivate your record.
How do I re-activate my registration?
I am unaffiliated. Why can't I participate in the Primary Election?
Primary Elections are Party Elections; if you are unaffiliated,you will not be able to vote in the Primary Election unless you choose to affiliate with a party that has candidates. If you are not concerned with voting in the Primary Election, being unaffiliated will not have any other effect on your ability to vote in General, Coordinated, or Special District Elections.
Can I change affiliation in order to vote in the Pimary Election?
Yes, if you are currently unaffiliated, you will have until the polls close on Election Day to affiliate with a party and cast your vote.
If you are already affiliated with a party, you have up to 29 days prior to the Primary Election to change your party affiliation.
How do I cancel my voter registration?
The registered elector may go to https://www.sos.state.co.us/voter-classic/withdrawal.do or must complete, sign, and return the Withdrawl of Colorado Voter Registration form and return it to the Election Office.
A member of my family is now deceased. What do I need to do?
You must (1) bring in the death certificate (we will make a photo copy of it), or (2) mail a copy of the death certificate or (3) if you are related to the deceased you may come into the Election Office at 720 N. Main St., Suite 200, Pueblo, CO, 81003 and fill out a Notice of Deceased Voter form. You may also call us at (719) 583-6620 and have one mailed to you.
What is a provisional ballot?
A provisional ballot is a ballot provided to a voter whose eligibility to vote is not immediately established on Election Day. Provisional voting ensures that every qualified and registered voter has the opportunity to vote a ballot that will be counted on Election Day.
How can I avoid having to vote provisional?
- Keep your voter registration record up-to-date (changes of name, address, party affiliation, etc.)
- Bring an acceptable form of identification to the polling place
- Vote early if you are traveling or have a ballot mailed to the location that you will be going
What is a DRE?
In Pueblo, Direct Recording Electronic voting machines (DREs) are touchscreen. They also have a headphone adapter that allows the ballot choices to be heard and a wired remote control that allows the voter to make his/her selection.
I am going to be out of town for the election. What should I do?
You have a few different options:
- Request your ballot be mailed to your out of town address. The request must be made no later than the close of business on the 7th day before the election.
- If possible, visit a VSPC before you leave.
- If you will be overseas you may visit our UOCAVA section and vote by mail, fax, or email.
Can I vote early?
You may vote early and in person at any VSPC, during the posted hours and days of operation. Mail ballots are available in the election department over the counter beginning 32 days before Election Day.
How does mail-ballot voting work?
All active voters will receive a ballot in the mail. Ballots are mailed beginning 18-22 days before Election Day and they must be returned by 7:00 PM on election night. Post marked ballots are not accepted.
Voters may return their ballots (1) by mail, in the envelope provided, (2) bring it into the election department at 720 N. Main Street, Suite 200, Pueblo, CO 81003, or (3) drop off the ballot at a designated drop-off location or a VSPC.
Can I trust mail-ballot voting?
Yes. All mail-ballots are processed by bi-partisan teams of Election Judges and each party or candidate has the opportunity to assign "watchers" to be present during all phases of mail-ballot processing.
Our mail-ballot process is based on Title I Election Law, Colorado Revised Statutes, Election Rules and best practices as determined by the Secretary of State's Office.
The process is efficient and transparent; which helps to maintain the integrity of mail-ballot elections.
What is a satellite drop off location for the mail ballot election?
Satellite drop-off locations are designated in various parts of the county to make dropping off your mail-ballot more convenient.
I made a mistake on my ballot, now what?
If you make a mistake, you may request a replacement ballot by coming into the Election Office or going to to any VSPC. You can also surrender the "spoiled" ballot and vote on the DRE if you provide an acceptable form of idendification and complete a voter signature card.
Replacement ballots may be requested over the phone (719) 583-6620
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Can I vote in the General Election if I did not vote in the the Primary Election?
Yes, as long as you are registered to vote.
Why are there Election Judges and what does an Election Judge do?
Our Election Office consists of 8 full-time employees. In order to successfully administer any election, we need assistance from Election Judges. In addition to providing a service, judges also help ensure that elections are conducted in a fair and impartial manner.
Prior to serving, Election Judges must take an oath promising to uphold the integrity of the election. Election Judges are assigned to work in bipartisan teams.
The duties of an Election Judge vary depending on the job assigned. Some judges will work one day, some judges will work up to 20 days. Pueblo County compensates each Judge based on the job that they are assigned.
How can I be an election judge?
To be considered for an Election Judge you must meet the following criteria:
- Registered electors who reside in the political subdivision, unless otherwise excepted, and are willing to serve - knowing that Election Day runs from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Be U.S. citizens by the date of the election at which they are scheduled to work;
- Be physically and mentally able to perform the duties of an Election Judge;
- Attend a mandatory Election Judge class prior to each election at which they work;
- Never been convicted of election fraud, any other election offense, or fraud; and
- Neither a candidate whose name appears on the ballot in the precinct that they are appointed to serve nor a member of the immediate family, related by blood or marriage to the second degree, of a candidate whose name appears on the ballot in the precinct that they are appointed to serve.
- Pass a CBI background check.
Students may also be Election Judges if they meet the following qualifications:
- Be at least 16 years old and a Junior or Senior "in good standing" at a public or private high school at the time of the election at which they plan to work;
- Submit an application;
- Have the written consent of a parent or legal guardian;
- Have the approval of their school's principal or designated administrator;
- Be a U.S. citizens by the date of the election at which they are scheduled to work;
- Be willing to serve - knowing that Election Day runs from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.;
- Be physically and mentally able to perform the duties of an Election judge;
- Attend a mandatory Election jundge class prior to each election at which they work;
- Never have been convicted of election fraud, other election offenses or fraud; and
- Not be related to any candidate on the ballot in the precinct where they are working.
By law, judges are hired in a specific order. Voters that participated in local caucuses are hired first, followed by voters that are recommended by Major Parties. After those judges are assigned we hire eligible judges that may have expressed interest in working. If you are interested in serving, you may complete and return the Pueblo County Judge Application or check the "I would like to be an election judge" box on the Colorado Voter Registration form.