October 26, 2018

Get Out and Vote!

Election Day is November 6.

By Grace Gutierrez

Are you registered to vote? Get registered! Do you know the issues? Learn about them here. Are you ready to make your voice heard and vote? You're a ball(ot)er!

You see them everywhere, people with clipboards standing around asking if you are registered to vote. You are either really nice, smile and tell them yes, or you brush them off pretending you can’t hear them over the music you are listening to. But really, Election Day is approaching quickly and you shouldn’t ignore them! So here I am, another clipboard wielding person, questioning whether or not you are registered to vote in digital form. Election Day is November 6th, yes people, JUST DAYS away so let’s wake up and smell the rose-scented ballots. Not sure where to start? Worried it’s too late? Don’t be, I have the information you need to make sure your voice is heard.

Here are some important questions you need to ask yourself:

Are you registered to vote?

If not, register here:

Colorado Voter: https://www.sos.state.co.us/voter/pages/pub/olvr/verifyNewVoter.xhtml

Other states: https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote

Colorado voters can register up to Election Day (remember, that’s November 6). The last day to register to receive a mail-in ballot is Monday, October 29. The last day to send in your ballot by mail is also Monday, October 29. If you miss this date, you will either have to vote in person at your local voting location or drop off your ballot in person by 7 pm on November 6th.

 

Have you moved in the last year?

If you have moved in the last year, your ballot may have been sent to your old address. To check the status of your mail-in ballot visit: www.GoVoteColorado.com 

If you need a new ballot contact your local county clerk’s office: https://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/Resources/CountyElectionOffices.html

 

Do you know where to go if you plan to vote in person??

Find your nearest polling location by visiting: https://www.sos.state.co.us/voter/pages/pub/home.xhtml

 

Did you know you can vote in-person early?

You can! Starting October 22, polls are open across the state.

 

Did you know you can get time off from your job to vote?                                                                   

You can! By law, a voter may get time off without loss of pay if they don’t have sufficient time outside of regular working hours to vote. So, no excuses! Get out there and vote!

 

Who or what is this election for?

There are a lot of issues to consider this year in Colorado. Some of the hot ticket items are Amendment 75 which could limit campaign contributions for elected state officials, Proposition 112 which would increase the distance between schools and residential areas and new oil and gas drilling sites. Amendment 73 could increase funding for Colorado schools. Really study the issues to make sure you understand your position. If you make a mistake on your ballot, there are instructions included on what to do to make sure you mark your desired choice. You can even download and print a sample ballot if you want to practice.

A few more issues include Amendment X which would redefine the definition of industrial hemp in Colorado. Propositions 109 and 110 propose different ways the state could put more money towards transportation. Know that whatever issue matters most to you, you have a say! Your voice and your vote counts, now more than ever.

 

For a full, non-biased explanation of all Colorado ballot measures please visit:

https://ballotpedia.org/Colorado_2018_ballot_measures