Tue November 6, 2012
Election 2012

Heading To The Polls? Here's What You Need To Know

Polls are open in Colorado from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 6. If you've not yet voted, here’s a quick rundown from the Secretary of State’s website of important things you need to know before heading to the polls.

What kind of identification do I need to vote in person?

All voters who vote at the polls must provide identification. Here is a list of acceptable forms of identification you can use to vote.

Where’s my polling place?

You can find your polling place by visiting www.govotecolorado.com

You can also use Google to find your polling place.

When’s the best time to vote?

According to the Secretary of State’s website, voters are encouraged to head to the polls between the hours or 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. 'when polling places are the least busy.'

What if it’s 7 p.m. and I’m in line at a polling location when voting ends? Will I still be allowed to vote?

Yes, a voter who is in line by 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote, 'no matter how long it takes for each person to cast his or her ballot.'

If I requested a mail-in ballot, do I have to use it to vote?

According to the Secretary of State's website, 'If you requested a mail-in ballot, you must vote that ballot. However, if you wish to vote at the polls on Election Day, you will be required to vote a provisional ballot. The provisional ballot will be counted if you properly complete the provisional ballot envelope and do not return your mail-in ballot.'

What is a provisional ballot, and why would I be asked to vote with one?

Can I leave some races blank on my ballot?

You do not have to vote on every race unless you chose to do so. Some people only cast a vote for President, others may vote for every race. Whatever races you do choose to vote on will be counted.

Am I eligible to vote if I’ve been convicted of a crime?

What if I have a disability?

These are just a few of the questions answered on the Secretary of State’s website, you can find some more answers to frequently asked questions about Election Day there.

To learn more about statewide issues, here is an online version of the 2012 Colorado Bluebook [.pdf]. We've also compiled all of our election reporting into two sections: the Colorado Vote 2012 and Election 2012 (for national coverage).