VOTE: Election 2020
Colorado
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Voting

VOTING IN PERSON

Poll Times
7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

ID Requirements
Non-photo identification is required:

Driver’s license or valid ID card issued by the state
U.S. passport.
Employee ID card issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. government or of Colorado
Pilot’s license
U.S. military ID card
Cpy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck
Certificate of Degree of Indian or Alaskan Native Blood
Medicare or Medicaid card
Copy of a U.S. birth certificate
Documentation of naturalization.
Dtudent identification card by an institute of higher education in Colorado
Veteran ID card issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
ID card issued by a federally recognized tribal government certifying tribal membership.


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VOTE BY MAIL

Can I vote by mail in Colorado?
Yes, you can! Voting by mail is the default in Colorado

How do I get my ballot?
Every registered Colorado voter will automatically be mailed a ballot—no need to request one.

What's the deadline to submit my ballot?
Your mail-in ballot must be received by 7:00 pm on Election day (Nov. 3)

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EARLY VOTING

Early voting
Oct. 19

MILITARY OR VOTING OVERSEAS

Members of the military, their families, and US citizens living overseas can request a ballot to vote from anywhere in the world.

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General Election
November 3
ELECTION DAY

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The deadline for online/mail registration is 10/26.

The deadline for in-person registration is 11/3.

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Candidates & Races

President of the United States

Biography

Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (b. November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is the 46th president of the United States, assuming office on January 20, 2021.

He won the 2020 presidential election on November 3, 2020, with 306 electoral votes. Biden launched his campaign for president of the United States on April 25, 2019. He announced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) as his running mate on August 11, 2020.

Biden was the 47th vice president of the United States, serving under President Barack Obama (D) from January 20, 2009, to January 20, 2017.

He previously served as a U.S. senator from Delaware from 1973 to 2009.

On January 12, 2017, Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifetime of public service, marking the final time Obama would present the nation's highest civilian honor. Biden received the award with distinction, an additional honor given only to Pope John Paul II, former President Ronald Reagan, and retired Gen. Colin Powell in the previous three administrations.

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Vice President of the United States

Biography

Kamala Devi Harris (b. October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from California. Harris was first elected to the Senate in 2016. She became the second Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate and the first Indian American to serve in the chamber.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Harris was his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

Harris previously ran for president of the United States, entering the race on January 21, 2019. She suspended her presidential campaign on December 3, 2019, and endorsed Biden on March 8, 2020.

Harris is the former attorney general of California. She served in the position from 2011 to 2017. She also served as San Francisco's district attorney from 2004 to 2011.

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U.S. Senate Colorado

Biography

John Hickenlooper (Democratic Party) is a member of the U.S. Senate from Colorado. He assumed office on January 3, 2021. His current term ends on January 3, 2027.

Hickenlooper (Democratic Party) ran for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Colorado. He won in the general election on November 3, 2020.

Hickenlooper also ran for election for President of the United States. He withdrew before the Democratic convention on August 18, 2020.

Hickenlooper was the 42nd governor of Colorado from 2011 to 2019. He was prevented by term limits from seeking re-election in 2018.

On March 4, 2019, Hickenlooper announced that he was running for president of the United States. On August 15, 2019, Hickenlooper suspended his presidential campaign.

Hickenlooper previously served as mayor of Denver from 2003 to 2011, during which time the city hosted the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

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Initiatives

Colorado Amendment 76
Citizenship Requirement for Voting Initiative (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports amending the Colorado Constitution to state that “only a citizen” of the U.S. who is 18 years of age or older can vote in Colorado.

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A "no" vote opposes amending the Colorado Constitution, thus keeping the existing language that says “every citizen” of the U.S. who is 18 years of age or older can vote in Colorado.

Colorado Amendment 77
Allow Voters in Central, Black Hawk, and Cripple Creek Cities to Expand Authorized Games and Increase Maximum Bets Initiative (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports allowing voters in Central, Black Hawk, and Cripple Creek Cities — the only towns where gaming is legal in Colorado — to (1) approve a maximum single bet limit of any amount and (2) expand allowable game types in addition to slot machines, blackjack, poker, roulette, and craps.

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A "no" vote opposes allowing voters in Central, Black Hawk, and Cripple Creek Cities to approve a maximum single bet limit of any amount, thereby retaining the current maximum single bet limit of $100, and opposes expanding allowable game types, thereby limiting games within the cities' casinos to slot machines, blackjack, poker, roulette, and craps.

Colorado Amendment B
Gallagher Amendment Repeal and Property Tax Assessment Rates Measure (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports the following: 

repealing the Gallagher Amendment, which set residential and non-residential property tax assessment rates in the state constitution;allowing the Colorado State Legislature to freeze property tax assessment rates at the current rates (7.15% for residential property and 29% for non-residential property); allowing the state legislature to provide for future property tax assessment rate decreases through state law; and continuing to require voter approval for rate increases due to TABOR.


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A "no" vote supports maintaining the Gallagher Amendment, which requires a residential to non-residential property tax ratio of 45% to 55% and requires the state legislature to adjust the residential assessment rate to maintain the required ratio. Since 1982, the residential property tax assessment rate has dropped from 21% to 7.15% under the Gallagher Amendment.

Colorado Amendment C
Charitable Bingo and Raffles Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports amending the state constitution to lower the number of years an organization must have existed before obtaining a charitable gaming license from five years to three years and to allow charitable organizations to hire managers and operators of gaming activities so long as they are not paid more than the minimum wage.

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A "no" vote opposes changing constitutional requirements for charitable gaming activities, thereby continuing to require that organizations must have existed for five years prior to obtaining a charitable gaming license and require those who operate charitable gaming activities to be unpaid volunteers of the organization.

Colorado Proposition 113
National Popular Vote Interstate Compact Referendum (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports Colorado joining the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which would give the state’s nine electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote if states representing at least 270 Electoral College votes adopt the compact.

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A "no" vote opposes making Colorado part of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC), thereby continuing to give the state's nine electoral votes to the presidential candidate winning the most votes in Colorado.

Colorado Proposition 114
Gray Wolf Reintroduction Initiative (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports requiring the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission to create a plan to reintroduce and manage gray wolves on designated lands west of the continental divide by the end of 2023.

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A "no" vote opposes creating a plan to reintroduce and manage gray wolves on designated lands west of the continental divide by the end of 2023.

Colorado Proposition 115
22-Week Abortion Ban Initiative (2020)
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A "yes" vote supported prohibiting abortions in Colorado after a fetus reaches 22-weeks gestational age as calculated from the first day of the woman's last menstrual period.

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A "no" vote opposed prohibiting abortions in Colorado after a fetus reaches 22-weeks gestational age, thereby maintaining current Colorado law that does not restrict abortion after a certain point in a pregnancy.

Colorado Proposition 116
Decrease Income Tax Rate from 4.63% to 4.55% Initiative (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports decreasing the state income tax rate from 4.63% to 4.55% for individuals, estates, trusts, and foreign and domestic C corporations operating in Colorado.

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A "no" vote opposes decreasing the state income tax rate, thereby maintaining the current rate of 4.63% for individuals, estates, trusts, and foreign and domestic C corporations operating in Colorado.

Colorado Proposition 117
Require Voter Approval of Certain New Enterprises Exempt from TABOR Initiative (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports requiring statewide voter approval of new state enterprises if the enterprise's projected or actual revenue from fees and surcharges is greater than $100 million within its first five years.

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A "no" vote opposes requiring statewide voter approval of new state enterprises.

Colorado Proposition 118
Paid Medical and Family Leave Initiative (2020)
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A "yes" vote supported establishing a paid family and medical leave program in Colorado to provide 12 weeks (up to 16 weeks in certain cases) of paid leave (with a maximum benefit of $1,100 per week) funded through a payroll tax to be paid for by employers and employees in a 50/50 split.

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A "no" vote opposed establishing a paid family and medical leave program in Colorado.

Colorado Proposition EE
Tobacco and E-Cigarette Tax Increase for Health and Education Programs Measure (2020)
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A "yes" vote supported creating a tax on nicotine products such as e-cigarettes, increasing cigarette and tobacco taxes, and dedicating revenues to various health and education programs. 

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A "no" vote opposed creating a tax on nicotine products such as e-cigarettes, increasing cigarette and tobacco taxes, and dedicating revenues to various health and education programs.