General Voting Information
- Upcoming Elections -- Who's Running?
- See your current elected officials with this handy tool on this site:
Voter Registration -- Sign up or Edit your record (opens on Sec of State site)
- Change your party affiliation
- Change your address
- Register to vote
- Jeffco's Voter Information page (opens in new window)
Other information about voting in Jefferson County
- Electoral College Information
Across the country because it is an odd-numbered year, people will be voting in School Board and Municipal Elections, and in some cases voting on ballot initiatives.
The official election day is Nov. 5, 2013. Who's Running?
What will be on YOUR 2013 Ballot?
In Jefferson County, Colorado, the county will mail you a ballot. This "Coordinated Election" will be for these items:
- Ballot Initiatives (e.g. the Amendment 66: "Funding for Public Schools")
- Jefferson County Board of Education
- Elections for municipalities who choose to put their elections on the "Coordinated Election" ballot. They will likely be:
- Wheat Ridge
NOTE: Other municipalities in Jeffco may hold elections, but they will not be conducted via the Coordinated Election ballot Jeffco sends out.
The “coordinated election” is run by Jefferson County. All active registered voters in Jefferson County will get a mail in ballot. You will receive the ballot around Oct. 15, and it must be in the county’s hands by Nov. 5, the official date of the election. You can mail it in (regular 46 cents stamp) or drop it off at any of a number of official drop-off sites (opens in new window). You can (alternatively) vote in person. Please see the Jeffco Elections website for the details on that.
Every Jeffco registered voter is eligible to vote in the School Board election, even if the Board seat being elected is not in one’s School Board District; i.e. we vote “at-large.” The municipal elections vary. First, you must be a resident of a municipality to vote in its election. Second, in some cities one must be a resident of a particular district (ward) to vote for a particular city council seat. (See each city’s race for that detail.) And finally, you must be an "active" voter to receive a ballot in the mail. If you do not receive your ballot by October 21st, contact the Clerk and Recorder to determine if your status is "inactive." If you have already been notified that your status is "inactive" but haven't cleared the issue up, you will need to do so before you can vote. The passage of the 2013 Voter Access & Modernized Elections Act allows for Same Day Registration. For deadlines on voter registration through various means (mail, web, in person, etc.) and deadlines on change of address please see the Jefferson County Elections website page:
- These are all non-partisan races, meaning the candidates do not first get elected in a political party’s primary race.
- Jeffco School Board and municipal elections are always held in the odd-numbered years.
- Jeffco website: Voting and Registration
Thinking about 2014 too? Below are the key steps in the even-year Caucus/Assembly/Primary process. Participate and make a difference!
January ..... Know the Candidates
People can announce their candidacy, i.e. wanting to be chosen as their party's candidates for the various offices up for election in November, through about March. They make it official by filing a "candidate affidavit" with the Colorado Secretary of State. In March - April, the GOP County, State and Congressional Assemblies then pick from that field of candidates a single candidate to run for each office up for election in November.
We always post on the site who's announced their candidacy.
February ..... Go to your Precinct's GOP Caucus
It was here we select the delegates to the GOP county, state, and congressional assemblies. Read more about what is accomplished at a caucus. The next caucus will be held in 2014. If you want to be a delegate, come to your precinct's caucus and offer to serve as a delegate.
March - April ..... County, State, and Congressional Assemblies
The attendees at the GOP caucus select the delegates to these assemblies. At these assemblies, the delegates select the GOP candidates for the offices up for election in November. (Read about the Caucus and Assembly process). In a Presidential election year, right after the State Assembly, the State Convention convenes and elects the delegates to the National Convention. See the Elections Calendar on our site for details on dates and locations of the assemblies.
June ..... GOP Primaries Election
The GOP Primaries Election will be by mail ballot only. Look for your mail ballot in early June. Get it back to Jefferson County by the official Primaries Election date, which in 2012 was June 26. Typically the ballot will have a single GOP candidate per office (i.e. the candidate was selected at the assembly and there are no unusual circumstances like a candidate getting a petition with enough signatures in spite of having not won the election in the assembly). So you may wonder why you are being asked to mark your ballot since there is only a single GOP candidate listed per office. Jefferson County sends out the ballots anyway because they have decided to send every registered voter in a major party its party's primary ballot unless everyrace is uncontested within all the major parties.
November..... General Election (In 2014 the date will be Nov. 4)