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The State of Colorado holds regularly scheduled state general elections every two years. During a typical election year, a Primary election is held in June, followed by the General election in November. During a Presidential Election year, a presidential primary is also held in March.
The purpose of the Primary election is to nominate candidates from each party's primary ballot for the November General Election. The candidates who are successful in the primary election are placed on the General Election ballot.
A coordinated election is one that the county clerk and recorder conducts on behalf of two or more political subdivisions that are hosting an election on the same day in November. Specifically, for a coordinated election to take place, the election must:
A municipal election is one that is run by a municipality and may or may not be coordinated. The Town of Erie will be conducting a municipal election via mail ballot on April 5, 2022 to elect a Mayor and 3 Trustees, and this election will not be coordinated.
In a mail ballot election, every voter receives a mail ballot. Your mail ballot will be sent to the mailing address you provided when you registered to vote. To check what address you provided when registering to vote, please visit www.govotecolorado.gov. If you wish to vote in person, you may do so at a voter service and polling center. To find your local polling locations, please visit www.govotecolorado.gov.
Yes. If you choose not to vote for a candidate or a ballot question, and your ballot is otherwise valid, the rest of the votes on your ballot will be counted.
In a mail ballot election, there are 3 ways you can vote:
Every valid mail ballot is counted. To be sure your ballot is valid, follow the instructions on the mail ballot envelope. This includes making sure your ballot is signed when it is returned.
For your ballot to count, you must return your ballot no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day (or later, if you are a military or overseas voter). If you are unsure whether your ballot will arrive through the mail on time, drop it off in person at either a drop-box or a designated drop-off location. There are drop-box and drop-off sites located throughout your county. Dropbox locations are open 24 hours per day. If you have trouble finding a drop-box or drop-off location, contact your county clerk and recorder. Instructions will be provided by your county clerk with your mail ballot.