Many people believe that once you have a criminal record you can never vote in Colorado. This is not true! CCJRC provides statewide voter education that focuses exclusively on people with criminal records.
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Know Your DA - Voter Guides for the General Election
The District Attorney (DA) is one of the most powerful players in the criminal justice system and very politically influential! In Colorado, the District Attorney has a lot of decision-making authority and responsibility. They are also elected officials but oftentimes too little information is known about DA candidates or decisions s/he makes once elected. Voter guides for the 2020 General Election coming soon!
In 2019, the Colorado Legislature passed HB19-1266 [PDF] and starting on July 1, 2019, if you are on parole or federal supervised release in Colorado, you CAN register to vote and VOTE!
Thank you volunteers and canvassers!
A big thank you to CCJRC’s dedicated volunteers and canvassers who worked on our 2018 voter registration drive and get out the vote canvas. We registered nearly 900 people to vote by being on site in the Denver jails, Denver probation, and RMOMS. We also knocked on 5,346 doors to talk with voters in precincts in Aurora with the highest African American population. And we spoke with approximately 1,800 CCJRC members to encourage them to vote.
Most people with criminal records are eligible to vote in Colorado. Unfortunately, this is not widely known. According to a survey commissioned by the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition, there is significant public confusion surrounding the voting rights of individuals currently involved in the justice system.