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November,8,2016 - General Election Day
Notes:(Polls open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.)
DEADLINES
October 17,2016

Absentee Ballot Begins - First day that mail ballots may be mailed to voters, except for UOCAVA Voters. (no sooner than 22 days before the election)

October 17,2016

Voter Registration Ends - Last day to submit an application to register to vote through a voter registration drive. (No later than 22 days before the election)

October 19,2016

Last date for the State to publish polling site locations - Last day to post polling location signs for the General Election. (At least 20 days before the election)

October 21,2016

Absentee Ballot Request deadline - Last day to send initial mail ballots to voters for the General Election, except for UOCAVA voters. (no later than 18 days before the General Election)

Did You Know?

DID YOU KNOW THE FOLLOWING ABOUT Colorado
  • Date of Statehood: August 1, 1876
  • Size: 104,094 square miles
  • Nickname(s): Centennial State; Colorful Colorado
  • Tree: Colorado Blue Spruce
  • Flower: White and Lavender Columbine
  • Bird: Lark Bunting

Mesa Verde National Park contains more than 4,000 archaeological sites—including around 600 cliff dwellings—from the Ancestral Puebloans who inhabited the area from about AD 550 to 1300. By the late 13th century, they began to migrate south to New Mexico and Arizona, where their descendants continue to live today.

Discovered by Lieutenant Zebulon Pike in 1806 during an expedition to determine the southwestern boundary of the Louisiana Purchase, Pikes Peak became a landmark to the thousands of fortune hunters who traveled west with the slogan “Pikes Peak or Bust” on their wagons after gold was found in the area in 1858.

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On November 29, 1864, more than 150 peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians—believing themselves to be under the protection of the U.S. government—were slaughtered by close to 700 Colorado volunteer soldiers under the command of Colonel John Chivington. The atrocity devastated the tribes and served as a catalyst for years of subsequent warfare between Native American Indians and the U.S. Army.

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The lyrics to “America the Beautiful” were written by Katharine Lee Bates after an awe-inspiring trip to the top of Pikes Peak in 1893. Although it is now commonly sung to the tune “Materna,” composed by Samuel Ward in 1882, the patriotic poem was often sung to “Auld Lang Syne” in the early 20th century.

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The Colorado Rockies are part of the North American Cordillera, which sweeps the western part of the continent all the way from Alaska into northern Mexico. With 58 named peaks over 14,000 feet and an average altitude of 6,800 feet, Colorado has the highest elevation of all the states.

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State of Colorado Quick Facts
  • Current Population:5,456,574
  • Voter Registration Deadline: 29 days before an election
  • Election Day Voter Registration: Yes
  • Early Voting: Yes
  • Absentee Voting: Yes
  • Voter ID: Yes
  • Electoral Colleges: 9
  • Congressional Districts: 7
Registered Voters

Total: 3,638,501

Total Registered Voters: 3,638,501

  • Active : 2,990,928
  • Inactive : 615,530
  • Prereg : 32,043

Voting And Elections

Am I eligible To Vote in Colorado?

Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements in the state of Colorado.

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  • Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?
    COLORADO : Yes

    Colorado law allows you to register to vote through Election Day. But please note that how you register to vote matters.

    If My Address Has Changed Do I Need To Re-register To Vote?

    When you register to vote, your voter registration is linked to your residential address. When registered voters move, they are supposed to update their registration records with election officials before voting

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  • How Do I Register To Vote in Colorado?
    Voter registration is a means of determining the candidates and issues for which each voter is eligible to vote. Most states require voters to register to vote a certain number of days before Election Day. Voter Registration also protects the integrity of the ballot box by preventing voting in multiple jurisdictions.

    To register to vote inthe state of Colorado, voters have the following options :

    In Person

    Fill and Sign the form. Then deliver it to your county clerk and recorder. You may find a list with contact information at www.govotecolorado.com.

    By Mail

    Sign the form. Then mail, deliver, or scan the signed form and email it to your county clerk and recorder.

    Online

    Colorado enables residents to register through their online voter registration portal

    Can I Take Time Off For Voting? Yes

    By law, an elector may get time off without loss of pay if he or she does not have sufficient time outside of regular working hours to vote. With prior notice to an employer, employees may take up to two hours off of work for the purpose of voting. The employer may specify the hours the employee will take off, but the period must fall at the beginning or end of the work period if the employee so requests. There is no leave available if there are three or more hours between the time of opening and the time of closing of the polls during which the voter is not required to be on the job.

    Colorado State Government

    Colorado Constitution

    PREAMBLE

    We the people of Colorado, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, in order to form a more indepent and perfect government; establish justic; insure tranquility; provide for the common defense; promote the general welfare and secure the blessing of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution for the "State of Colorado."

    That all political power is vested in and derived from the people; that all government, of right, originates from the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the whole

    That all elections shall be free and open; and no power civil or military, shall at any time interfere to prevent the free exercise of the right of suffrage.

    The Executive Branch
    State Capitol: 200 East Colfax Avenue in Denver, Colorado

    Executive Power

    The supreme excutive power of the State shall be vested in the Governor, who shall take care that the laws be faithfully excuted

    Colorado Executive Offices
  • The Governor (Elected)
  • The Lieutenant Governor (Elected)
  • The Attorney General (Elected)
  • The Secretary Of State (Elected)
  • The Treasurer (Elected)
  • Legislative Branch
    State Capitol: 200 East Colfax Avenue in Denver, Colorado

    Legislative Power

    The legislative power shall be bested in the General Assembly, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives, both to be elected by the people

    The Colorado State Legislature is known as the Colorado General Assembly. It is a bicameral legislature, composed of the Colorado House of Representatives and the Colorado State Senate.

    Judicial Branch
    Colorado Supreme Court

    Judicial Power

    The judicial powers of the State, as to matters of law and equity, except as in this Constitution otherwise provided, shall be vested in a Supreme Court, District Courts, County Courts, Justices of the Peace, and such other courts as may be created by law for cities and incorporated towns.

    Courts in Colorado include the six courts of Colorado's state court system, one federal district court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, which is based in Denver

    Colorado Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(65)
    (34)(31)
    State Senators(35)
    (17)(18)
    US Representatives(7)
    (3)(4)
    US Senators(2)
    (1)(1)
    State Executives
    Governor
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State

    What's At Stake in 2016?

    Why the 2016 Presidential Election Could Impact Your Way Of Living For Generations to Come

    Democrats and Republicans The 2016 Presidential Election is crucial to both Republicans and Democrats since the next President of the United States could nominate as many as four Supreme Court justices. As many as four seats on the Supreme Court could become vacant during the next few years with four supreme court justices over the age of 80. This means the next president could have the power to transform the supreme court, and American law, for generations to come. (See Election Dates and Deadlines)

    Colorado US Senator race

    In 2016, there will be a US Senator race in Colorado. Each state elects two senators for staggered 6-year terms.One of the seats of Colorado's two senators in the United States Senate is up for election this Election cycle. The Incumbent US Senator is running for re-election.

    Colorado: US Senator Race - Incumbent (Democrat) Running

    Incumbent Democratic Senator, Michael Bennet, is running for re-election to a second term in office. On November 2, 2010, Michael Bennet won the election to the United States Senate with 48.1% of the vote against the Republican candidate, Ken Buck, who came in second with 46.4% of the vote. (see current elected officials in Colorado)

    Colorado 2016 U.S. Representative races

    The 2016 United States House of Representatives election will be held in Colorado this election cycle. Of the 7 seats up for election this election cycle, 4 currently held by Republicans, and 3 held by Democrats.

    Current Seats Distribution By Party Affiliation In Colorado U.S. House

    Democratics(3)Republicans(4)

    State Officials Terms, Authority,Salary, and Qualitications

    Colorado Executive Offices
    The Governor
    Authority

    No person shall be eligible to the office of governor or lieutenant governor unless he shall have attained the age of thirty years, nor to the office of secretary of state or state treasurer unless he shall have attained the age of twenty­five years, nor to the office of attorney general unless he shall have attained the age of twenty­five years and be a licensed attorney of the supreme court of the state in good standing, and no person shall be eligible to any one of said offices unless, in addition to the qualifications above prescribed therefore, he shall be a citizen of the United States, and have resided within the limits of the state two years next preceding his election.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to the office of Governor, Lieutenant Governor or Superintendent of Public Instruction, unless he shall have attained the age of thirty years

    Election

    Colorado elects governors in federal midterm election years. Per Article IV, Section 1 of the state constitution, the gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the second Tuesday in the January following an election.

    Term of Office

    Length of term 4 years

    Limit on Tenure

    Colorado governors are restricted to two consecutive terms in office

    Salary

    $90,000

    Qualification age

    at least 30 years old

    The Lieutenant Governor
    Authority

    THe lieutenant Governor shall be President of the Senate, and shall vote only when the Senates is equally divided

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to the office of governor or lieutenant governor unless he shall have attained the age of thirty years, nor to the office of secretary of state or state treasurer unless he shall have attained the age of twenty-five years, nor to the office of attorney general unless he shall have attained the age of twenty-­five years and be a licensed attorney of the supreme court of the state in good standing, and no person shall be eligible to any one of said offices unless, in addition to the qualifications above prescribed therefore, he shall be a citizen of the United States, and have resided within the limits of the state two years next preceding his election.

    Election

    Colorado elects its lieutenant governors in federal midterm election years. Per Article IV, Section 1 of the state constitution, the lieutenant governor takes office on the second Tuesday in the January following an election. Thus, January 11, 2011, and January 13, 2015, were inaugural days.

    Term of Office

    Length of term 4 years

    Limit on Tenure

    Any individual is limited to two terms as lieutenant governor

    Salary

    $68,500

    Qualification age

    the age of twenty-five years

    The Attorney General
    Authority

    The state constitution establishes the office of attorney general in Article IV, the Executive Department.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to the office of... attorney general unless he shall have attained the age of twenty­five years and be a licensed attorney of the supreme court of the state in good standing, and no person shall be eligible to any one of said offices unless, in addition to the qualifications above prescribed therefore, he shall be a citizen of the United States, and have resided within the limits of the state two years next preceding his election.

    Election

    Attorneys general are elected to four-year terms during federal midterm election years. The candidate that earns a plurality of the votes is the winner, and, per Article IV, Section 1 of the state constitution, he assumes office on the second Tuesday of January in the year following his election.

    Term of Office

    Length of term 4 years

    Limit on Tenure

    attorneys general, like all statewide constitutional officers, are limited to two consecutive terms in office

    Salary

    $80,000

    Qualification age

    The attorney general must be at least 25 years old

    The Secretary Of State
    Authority

    The state Constitution establishes the office of secretary of state in Article IV, the Executive Department.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be Representative or Senator who shall not have attained the age of twenty-five years, who shall not be a citizen of the United States.

    Election

    Senators shall be elected for the term of four years except as hereinafter provided

    Term of Office

    elected for the term of four years

    Limit on Tenure

    Representatives for the term of two years

    Salary

    $68,500

    Qualification age

    The secretary of state must be at least 25 years old.

    The Treasurer
    Authority

    The state Constitution establishes the office of treasurer in Article IV, the Executive Department.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to the office of governor or lieutenant governor unless he shall have attained the age of thirty years, nor to the office of secretary of state or state treasurer unless he shall have attained the age of twenty­five years... no person shall be eligible to any one of said offices unless, in addition to the qualifications above prescribed therefore, he shall be a citizen of the United States, and have resided within the limits of the state two years next preceding his election.

    Election

    The candidate that earns a plurality of the votes is the winner, and, per Article IV, Section 1 of the state Constitution, he assumes office on the second Tuesday of January in the year following his election.

    Term of Office

    Treasurers are elected to four-year terms during federal midterm election years

    Limit on Tenure

    Term limits Two consecutive terms

    Salary

    $68,500

    Qualification age

    Treasurers must be at least 25 years old

    Colorado State Congress
    The State House
    Authority

    The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body

    Qualifications

    No person shall be a representative or senator who shall not have attained the age of twenty­-five years, who shall not be a citizen of the United States, who shall not for at least twelve months next preceding his election, have resided within the territory included in the limits of the county or district in which he shall be chosen; provided, that any person who at the time of the adoption of this constitution, was a qualified elector under the territorial laws, shall be eligible to the first general assembly

    Election

    The first election for memebers of the General Assembly under the State organization shall be conducted in the manner prescribed by the Las of Coloragdo Territory reglating elections for members of the Legislative Assembly thereot

    Term of Office

    Representatives for the term of two years

    Limit on Tenure

    subject to term limits of no more than four two-year terms

    Salary

    $30,000/year

    Qualification age

    No person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained the age of twenty-five years

    The State Senate
    Authority

    The secretary of state shall submit all measures initiated by or referred to the people for adoption or rejection at the polls, in compliance with this section. In submitting the same and in all matters pertaining to the form of all petitions, the secretary of state and all other officers shall be guided by the general laws.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be a representative or senator who shall not have attained the age of twenty-five years, who shall not be a citizen of the United States, who shall not for at least twelve months next preceding his election, have resided within the territory included in the limits of the county or district in which he shall be chosen; provided, that any person who at the time of the adoption of this constitution, was a qualified elector under the territorial laws, shall be eligible to the first general assembly

    Election

    The entire House is elected in each general election

    Term of Office

    Senators shall be elected for the term of 4 years, except as hereinafter provided

    Limit on Tenure

    Term limits 8 years

    Salary

    $30,000/year

    Qualification age

    No person shall be a Senators who shall not have attained the age of twenty-five years

    Colorado State Courts
    The Supreme Court
    Authority

    It should have power to issue writs of habeas corpus, mandamus, quo warranto, certiorari, injunction, and other original and remedial writs, with autority to hear and determine the same.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to the office of Judge of the Supreme Court unless he be learned in the law; be at least thirty years of age and a citizen of the United States, nor unless he shall have resided in ths State or Territory at least two years next precdeding his election

    Election

    The Judges of the Supreme court shall be elected by electors of the State at large, as hereinafter provided

    Term of Office

    The term of offices of the Judges of the Supreme Court, except as in this Article otherwise provided, shall be nine years.

    Limit on Tenure

    At least two terms of the Supreme Court shall be held each year, at the seat of government

    Chief Salary

    $148,000

    Associates Salary

    $145,000

    Qualification age

    Be at least thirty years of age

    The Court Appeals
    Authority

    The court issues published and unpublished decisions. It releases its published decisions on alternate weeks and its unpublished decisions every week. Published decisions are made available on the court's website with their full text; the list of unpublished decisions is also made available on that website. An online form on the Court of Appeals' website allows users to request copies of unpublished decisions by email

    Qualifications

    a qualified elector in Colorado.licensed to practice law in Colorado for five years

    Election

    Colorado Court of Appeals judges are appointed by the governor from a list of names compiled by a nominating commission.

    Term of Office

    Initial terms last at least two years, after which judges must stand for retention in yes-no elections

    Limit on Tenure

    Subsequent terms last eight years

    Salary

    $139,000

    Qualification age

    Be at least thirty years old

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