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Can I Vote?2019-06-06T19:10:08-06:00

In Colorado, most people with a criminal record can vote!

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Know the Law! Can I Vote?

YES! You CAN Vote in Colorado if:

  • You have a past criminal conviction and have completed your sentence
  • You are on parole or federal supervised release
  • You are a pretrial detainee in jail – or on bond or summons awaiting trial
  • You are on probation for a misdemeanor or felony
  • You are currently serving a sentence in jail for a misdemeanor
  • You were sentenced by the court to serve time in a halfway house (i.e. diversion client)

No — You CANNOT Vote in Colorado while:

  • You are currently serving a sentence in prison or jail for a felony
  • You are on DOC inmate status and are living in a community corrections halfway house or on non-residential status

Consult with an election official before registering to vote in Colorado if:

  • You are on home detention as part of a sentence for a felony conviction
  • You are in jail awaiting a revocation hearing for a probation violation
  • Please contact CCJRC or an elections official in your county of residence if you have questions about your right to register to vote and vote.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any additional questions, please contact CCJRC by email or by phone 303-825-0122.

How do I register to vote, change my voter information or find my polling location?2018-09-06T12:14:19-06:00

Visit Go Vote Colorado to:

– Register to vote
– Update your information
– Change party affiliation or choose your primary ballot
– Check your ballot status
– Find your polling location

Visit the Colorado Secretary of State website for more details about contacting your county clerk, acceptable forms of ID, accessibility for voters with a disability, and information for homeless voters.

Have additional questions? Contact CCJRC at (303) 825-0122 or email Juston Cooper, Deputy Director.

Do I have the right to vote if I am presently incarcerated for a felony?2019-06-06T19:13:39-06:00

No. You may not register to vote or vote if you are serving a sentence in jail or prison for a felony conviction. If you are transitioning from a DOC facility and are living in a halfway house you CANNOT vote, even if you have completed the residential phase and are on non-residential status. You cannot vote until you are actually on parole.

If you were sentenced by the court to serve your sentence in a halfway house (i.e. diversion client) then you can vote whether you are living in the halfway house or on non-residential status.

Do I have the right to vote if I am on probation, parole or federally supervised release?2019-06-06T19:15:15-06:00

Yes. People on probation, parole, or federally supervised release may register to vote and cast their vote in any election.

Do I have the right to vote if I am in jail serving a sentence for a misdemeanor conviction?2018-08-27T17:21:21-06:00

Yes. An individual in jail serving a misdemeanor sentence has the right to register to vote and vote in any election.

Do I have the right to vote if I am in jail awaiting trial?2018-08-27T17:20:56-06:00

Yes. People who are in jail pending the outcome of a criminal case are eligible to vote.

Do I have the right to vote if I am on bond and the criminal case is pending?2018-08-27T17:22:16-06:00

Yes. You are eligible to vote if you are on bond as long as you are not convicted and serving a sentence in jail or prison for a felony at the time of the election.

Will I get an official letter telling me when I’m eligible to vote?2018-08-27T17:22:47-06:00

No. No one will tell you when you’re eligible to vote.

What if I was convicted for a crime in another state?2018-08-27T17:23:30-06:00

Voting eligibility is based on Colorado state law. It does not matter what state you were convicted in or whether you were convicted in municipal, state or federal court.

Do I have to pay off all of my restitution before I can vote?2018-08-27T17:23:55-06:00

No. Payment of restitution is not a condition of voting eligibility.

I was registered to vote before I was incarcerated. Do I need to register again?2018-08-27T18:48:27-06:00

Yes. If you were registered to vote pror to your incarceration, there is a good chance that your name was removed from the Secretary of State’s list of registered voters. You will need to re-register to vote.

What is the charge in Colorado is someone illegally registers to vote and votes in an election?2018-08-27T17:25:22-06:00

It is a class five felony crime to register to vote or vote in an election for which a person is not legally eligible. (Colorado Revised Statute §1-13-704.5)

What is the law in Colorado?2019-06-06T19:17:52-06:00

The state Legislature passed a law that allows people on parole to register to vote and vote effective July 1, 2019.

The new law states:

No person while serving a sentence of detention or confinement in a correctional facility, jail, or other location for a felony conviction is eligible to register to vote or to vote in any election. A confined prisoner who is awaiting trial but has not been tried or who is not serving a sentence for a felony conviction shall be certified by the institutional administrator, may register to vote pursuant to this article 2, and may list his or her confinement location as his or her ballot address in accordance with section 1-2-204 (2)(f.3).

Definitions:
(a) “Term of imprisonment” or “full term of imprisonment” means the period during which an individual is serving a sentence of detention or confinement in any correctional facility, jail, or other location for a felony conviction.
(b) This subsection (49.3) applies to this code for the purpose of applying section 10 of Article VII of the State Constitution.
(c) “Term of imprisonment” or “full term of imprisonment” does not include the period during which an individual is on parole.

An individual serving a sentence of parole is eligible to register to vote and to vote in any election.

How To Vote From Jails in Colorado

Watch the video above to learn more about voting from jails in Colorado. Have questions or need more information? Please contact CCJRC by email or by phone 303-825-0122.

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Your vote is your voice on the issues. Contact us with any questions about voting eligibility or how to get involved with our voting project.

 

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