Elections & Voting FAQ
Register to Vote / Update Voter Information
You have options to register to vote or to update your voter information. If you have questions please call the Gunnison County Elections Office at (970) 641-7927.
- Online: You can register or update your information online by visiting GoVoteColorado.gov. You can also review your current registration status, your mail ballot status, change your name, affiliation, or withdraw your registration if you have moved out of Gunnison County or the State of Colorado.
- In Person: You can visit the Clerk & Recorders office located in the Blackstock Government Center at 221 N. Wisconsin St. in Gunnison, or visit any of our open VSPC's up to and including Election Day to register or update your information and receive a ballot.
- Pre-fill & Drop Off: If you would like to fill out a Voter Registration Form to mail in or drop off at the Clerk's Office, you can download those forms here.
Absentee & Replacement Ballots
Are you going to be out of the County, State, or Country? If so there are options to make sure you receive your ballot. Please be aware of the following:
- Ballots CANNOT be forwarded by Colorado Law (USPS will not forward a ballot)
- Once you return from your travels, make sure to update/remove your mailing address so future ballots will not be sent to the wrong location
Out of County/State
If you will be out of the County or State but still within the U.S., it is easy to get your ballot sent to a different location.
- Online: Visit GoVoteColorado.gov and locate your registration by clicking the Find my registration link. Once you have located your registration you can edit your information and add a mailing address. All future ballots will then be sent to that address.
- In Person (Update Information): You can visit the Clerk & Recorders office located in the Blackstock Government Center at 221 N. Wisconsin St. in Gunnison and fill out a new voter registration form with the updated information. Your registration will be updated then. Make sure you bring your ID.
- In Person (Replacement Ballot): If you will be leaving before ballots are mailed out, call our office at (970) 641-7927 to see if we have replacement ballots available. If we have them in stock before you are leaving, you can stop in the office and we will issue you a replacement ballot (this voids out your original ballot) for you to vote and mail back to us.
Out of Country / UOCAVA
If you will be out of the country traveling, stationed, or living abroad, you will need to look into the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act. Commonly referred to as a UOCAVA (you-O-cava), you can learn more about the act by clicking here (FVAP.gov). To apply for an absentee ballot you can do the following:
- Online: Visit GoVoteColorado.gov and locate your registration by clicking the Find my registration link or the Yes, register online link if you are not yet registered. Once you have your information available you will Edit your information and select your new status and how you would like to receive your ballot. Once saved, your new status will be in effect.
- In Person: Visit the Clerk & Recorders office located in the Blackstock Government Center at 221 N. Wisconsin St. in Gunnison and you will be given a form to update your information and status. Your registration will be updated then. Make sure you bring your ID.
- Phone/Email: Call our office at (970) 641-7927 or email at email@example.com. We will provide you the form to fill out via email. Once it has been returned to us and verified your registration will be updated to reflect the new status.
There are several different types of Elections that are held. Below is a list of each type, how that election works, and some additional information.
A General Election is held on Tuesday after the First Monday of November in even numbered Years (C.R.S. 1-1-104(17)). Offices usually seen on a General Election Ballot may contain U.S. Senators, U.S. Representatives, State Offices such as Governor/Lt. Governor, Attorney General, State Treasurer, along with Statewide and Local measures and Offices. General Elections are preceded by a Primary Election in June of the same year. Every four years a General Election is also a Presidential Election where Presidential Candidates will also appear on the ballot. Click here to view the Colorado Secretary of States General Election website for additional information.
Primary Election (Local)
A Primary Election is held on the last Tuesday in June of each even numbered year (C.R.S. 1-1-104(32)). This is a partisan election where voters affiliated with a major party will cast a ballot for candidates they are affiliated with. Voters affiliated with a minor party will cast ballots for their specific minor party candidates (if one is created by a minor party). Unaffiliated voters will receive a ballot packet with all major party ballots but they will select ONLY one ballot to vote and return (if both ballots are voted and returned, neither will be counted). Click here to view the Colorado Secretary of States Primary Election website for additional information.
Primary Election (Presidential)
A Presidential Primary takes place on a Tuesday designated by the Governor in March, but no later than the third Tuesday in March in even numbered years in which a Presidential Election will be held (C.R.S. 1-4-1203(1)). This Presidential Primary includes ONLY Presidential Candidates. Ballots cast in the Presidential Primary are nominations only, and those nominated will appear on the Presidential General Election Ballot in November. Click here to view the Colorado Secretary of States Primary Election website for additional information.
The Coordinated Election, like the General Election, is held on Tuesday after the First Monday of November, but on odd numbered years instead. A Coordinated Election is conducted by the County Clerk & Recorder on behalf of two or more political subdivisions that are hosting an election on the same day in November. The ballot may contain State, County, Municipality, School District, and Special District candidates and measures.
Colorado is a Mail Ballot State for All Elections
Colorado law allows for same day voter registration as long as the voter meets the 22 day residency requirement and can provide acceptable identification (click here to see acceptable forms) to vote their ballot. For those voters registering for the first time or changing precincts, applications can be found in the County Clerk's Office during regular business hours of Monday - Friday 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Replacement ballots can be obtained during those hours as well during an active election.
Unaffiliated Voters, Ballots, & Preference
Most people are affiliated with one of the major parties (Democrat/Republican), but many others still prefer to be Unaffiliated which does change how they vote in Primary Elections. Being unaffiliated during a Primary Election will cause those eligible electors to receive a ballot packet that contains both a Republican and Democrat ballot, but you can only vote ONE ballot and return it. If an unaffiliated voter votes both ballots and returns them both, neither ballot will be counted.
As an unaffiliated voter in Colorado, you used to be able to select a preference (Democratic or Republican), in which case you would receive the ballot of your preference instead of the packet. That has been repealed in Colorado, so preference is no longer an option when filling out/updating your voter registration and you will always receive a ballot packet.
Minor Party Affiliation
Colorado has several minor parties that you can be affiliated with when you register to vote or update your voter registration. Minor party electors will receive the same ballots with exception to a Primary Election. As an elector affiliated with a minor party, during a non-presidential Primary Election you will receive a ballot ONLY if your affiliated party has put together a ballot. If your affiliated party does not have a ballot for that election, you will not receive a ballot until the next General or Coordinated Election occurs. Click here to view the Colorado Secretary of States Primary Election website for additional information.
Tax Payer's Bill of Rights (TABOR)
The Tax Payer's Bill of Rights, commonly referred to as TABOR, is an amendment to the State Constitution approved in 1992 that limits the amount of revenue the State of Colorado can retain and spend. This amendment also requires voter approval for any measure on the ballot (local or State level) that increases Taxes.
For additional information about TABOR you can refer to the below links.
Election Judges are eligible electors who assist with the running and processing of Elections in Colorado, and they perform many different jobs depending on what roles are needed. Election Judges are also the Citizen level workers who help keep our Elections secure, safe, and running smooth.
Would you like to be an Election Judge?
We would like you to be an Election Judge, and the more people we can sign up to be an Election Judge, the better we can run an Election.
There is however a lack of information on what it means to be an Election Judge and the duties they perform. For a quick understanding of what is expected of an Election Judge, please take a minute to review the document So you want to be an Election Judge? (PDF).
If you are still interested in possibly becoming an Election Judge, continue to read for additional information.
Am I eligible to be an Election Judge?
Eligibility requirements are really quite simple and consist of the following (C.R.S. 1-6-101):
- They are registered electors of the state and are willing to serve;
- They are physically and mentally able to perform and complete assigned tasks;
- They will attend a class of instruction concerning the tasks of an Election Judge prior to each election;
- They have never been convicted of election fraud, any other election offense, or fraud; and
- They are neither a candidate who name appears on the ballot in the precinct that they are appointed to serve nor a member of the immediate family, related by blood, marriage, or civil union to the second degree, of a candidate whose name appears on the ballot in the precinct that they are appointed to serve
How can I become an Election Judge?
To be considered to be an Election Judge you must do one of the below actions depending on your affiliation.
- Major Party (C.R.S. 1-6-102): You must attend the Precinct Caucus for your party and sign-up to be considered
- A Major Party Caucus must take place during even-numbered years between the first Tuesday in March and the first Saturday after the first Tuesday in March (C.R.S. 1-3-102)
- To find out when your parties caucus is being held, you will need to reach out to your Party Chair or designated official
- Minor Party (C.R.S. 1-6-103.5): An authorized official of the minor party can provide a list of recommended electors to the County Clerk directly
- Unaffiliated (C.R.S 1-6-103.7): As an unaffiliated eligible elector you can submit in writing directly to the County Clerk that you would like to be considered as an Election Judge