Registered Voters’ Bill of Rights

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Colorado state laws protect the fundamental right of people with disabilities to vote.

Polling Place

Every polling place in Colorado must be accessible for people with disabilities. This includes accessible parking, path of travel, entrance to the polling place and an accessible route inside the polling place. Every polling place must have at least one voting system that is accessible.

Voting Assistance

You have the right to vote by yourself or, if you need assistance because you have a disability, you have the right to get assistance to vote. You have the right to have assistance provided by an election judge or you can select another person to help you. If you get assistance, that person must cast your vote the way you want and cannot try to tell you how to vote.

You may request the election judge to display a list of eligible write-in candidates for any office. However, the list will not be posted and you may not take the list into a voting booth. In order to accommodate your disability, an election judge may read to you the names of eligible write-in candidates.

Early Voting

You have the right to vote early. You can vote in person during business hours for ten days before a primary and for fifteen days before a general election at an early voters’ polling place. Early voters’ polling places must be accessible to persons with disabilities.

Mail-In Ballot

A mail-in ballot is a ballot cast by mail or delivered to the appropriate election official instead of voting at a polling place on Election Day. 

In any all mail-in ballot election, you have the right to vote on a ballot received at your mailing address before the election date. You may choose to vote on an accessible voting machine if you wish to vote privately and without assistance. Contact your county clerk and recorder’s office for information on where and when these machines will be available.

Provisional Ballot

If your right or qualification to vote is questioned when you go to vote, or you are unable to show identification, or if you have not voted a mail-in ballot you applied for and received, you have the right to vote a provisional ballot. A provisional ballot allows you to record a vote until your qualifications or entitlement to vote can be verified.

If you cast a provisional ballot, you have the right to learn from your county clerk and recorder whether the ballot was counted and, if it was not, the reason the ballot was not counted.

Replacement Ballot

You have the right to review your vote by yourself and, if you have made a mistake, to change the ballot or correct any error before you finish voting. You have a right to a replacement ballot if you make a mistake you cannot correct.

If you make a mistake or “spoil” a ballot, you have the right to up to two replacement ballots, one at a time, to correct your mistake.

Timing

You have the right to vote if you are in line at the polling place when the polls close at 7:00 p.m., or at any other time between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

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