Election Day is coming

What you need to know about voting in Jefferson County

Posted 9/11/19

Election Day falls on Nov. 5 this year. In Jefferson County, voters have a few options on how to register and vote. Register The first step to voting is to make sure you’re registered and that your …

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Election Day is coming

What you need to know about voting in Jefferson County

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Election Day falls on Nov. 5 this year. In Jefferson County, voters have a few options on how to register and vote.

Register

The first step to voting is to make sure you’re registered and that your registration is up-to-date with your current address. This can be checked and updated online on the Colorado Secretary of State’s website.

New voters with a Colorado driver’s license or ID card may register online. Those who don’t have a driver’s license or Colorado ID, or for those who prefer to fill out a paper form, a printable version can be found on the Colorado Secretary of State’s website.

Once the form is completed and signed, it needs to be submitted to the Jefferson County’s Clerk and Recorder. Voter registrations are also accepted at driver’s license offices in Jeffco and the Jefferson County Elections Division.

Or, it can be mailed to Colorado Department of State Elections Division, 1700 Broadway, Suite 200, Denver, CO 80290.

Vote

There are a couple of ways that Jeffco residents can cast their vote this election — by mail, drop off or in person.

Those who are up-to-date with their registration will receive a ballot in the mail, some may arrive as early as mid-October.

The most important thing to remember is to get your ballot turned in on time. All ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 5.

Mail — Make sure to include adequate first-class postage. It is recomended to mail your ballot at least seven days prior to Election Day to ensure that it reaches the polls in time.

Drop off — There are a number of drop off locations throughout Jefferson County. These can be accessed 24 hours a day from Oct. 14 to Nov. 5, but polls close at 7 p.m. on Nov. 5.

Other than the Jeffco courts and admin building, 100 Jefferson County Parkway, these include city halls in Arvada, Golden, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge and Edgewater. Some public places such as libraries, Department of Motor Vehicle locations and rec centers also have drop off boxes. Find a complete list and an interactive map at www.votejeffco.com.

In person — There are many Voter Service & Polling Centers located throughout the county. They can also be found on the above-mentioned website.

The thing to note with voting in-person, prior to Election Day, are the hours of operation. The Voter Service & Polling Centers are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, Oct. 28 to Nov. 4.

There are also a number of locations throughout the county where you can vote in-person on Election Day. Hours will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 5.

Helpful websites:

Any questions specific to voting in Jefferson County may be directed to the clerk and recorder’s office at elections@votejeffco.com or answered by calling 303-271-8111.

Colorado Secretary of State: www.GoVoteColorado.com.

Jefferson County’s Clerk and Recorder: 100 Jefferson County Parkway in Golden. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The main number is 303-271-8186 and website is www.jeffco.us/655/Clerk-Recorder.

Jefferson County Elections Division: 3500 Illinois St. Suite 110 in Golden, can be reached at 303-271-8111. Its office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visit the website at www.votejeffco.com.

TABOR ballot questions: Jeffco 1A and Colorado Proposition CC

Jeffco 1A: All Jefferson County residents, including those who live in the county’s municipalities, will be voting on ballot measure 1A. The question will ask voters to decide if the county government should be allowed to keep excess revenue from the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) as a possible solution to the county’s financial challenges.

Colorado Proposition CC: Additionally, all Colorado residents will be voting on Proposition CC. This ballot question will ask if the state should be allowed to retain excess revenue, which it is currently required to refund under TABOR, to go to transportation and education.

TABOR public forum: Jefferson Unitarian Church’s Community Action Network group (JUC CAN) and the League of Women Voters of Jefferson County are co-hosting a TABOR public forum from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 12 at Jefferson Unitarian Church, 14350 W. 32nd Ave., in Golden. A panel will discuss both Proposition CC and Jeffco 1A. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call JUC CAN at 303-279-5282 or the Jeffco League of Women Voters at 303-238-0032.

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