Denver Public Library Votes: Making Sure Your Voice Is Heard

Election Day 2020 is shaping up to be one of the most important and impactful elections in U.S. history. That’s why it’s important that every American, and every resident of the City of Denver, is given the opportunity to make their voices heard on this critical day. But voting in the shadow of a pandemic can be challenging, or even scary, for some Denver residents. 

To help make exercising the franchise as straightforward as possible, Denver Elections and the Denver Public Library are joining together to provide citizens with information that can help them get registered to vote, and cast that vote, on November 3. 

Here are a few of the resources and facts you’ll need to be part of the process of free and fair elections. 

Know What You're Voting For? Get the 411 on Statewide Ballot Issues
Students aren’t the only Coloradans with homework to do in the next month. November’s ballot will not only have major offices on the docket, but Colorado citizens have a long list of ballot issues to study before they turn in their ballots. Join The League of Women Voters of Denver for an info session that will break down the issue and outline in detail what a “yes” or “no” vote means. Q&A will follow. The best decision is an informed decision.

State Ballot Issue Sessions will be on Saturday, October 17 at 11 a.m.; Wednesday, October 21 at 6 p.m.; and Saturday, October 31 at 11 a.m.
 
Local Ballot Issue Sessions will be on Saturday, October 24 at 11 a.m.; and, Monday, October 26 at 6 p.m.

Important Dates to Remember 
October 9 - Mail-in ballots sent out
October 19 - Voting centers open
October 23– November 2 - Early voting
October 26 - Last day to register to vote in time to receive a mail-in ballot 
November 3 - Last day to register to vote 

Getting Registered to Vote
Getting registered to vote is easy and can safely be done from home via the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office

Updating Your Voter Registration
If you’ve changed your name or address since the last time you voted, there’s still time to update your registration online

What’s on the Ballot 
Ballot initiatives are incredibly important, but can be confusing when you sit down and actually read them. If you’re wanting to know more about what’s on the ballot here in Denver and across the state, the League of Women Voters has put together a helpful guide breaking down each individual initiative - that’s also available in Spanish that’s available in video form, too. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nk0CV88hmwM

Casting Your Ballot by Mail
All registered voters in Colorado will be mailed ballots on October 9. These ballots can be put in the mail or dropped off at any one of these locations. 

Casting Your Vote in Person
Mailing in your ballot or dropping it off in person is the safest way to vote while minimizing the spread of COVID-19. But if you prefer voting in person, use this map to find the polling place that’s most convenient for you. 

Resources for Spanish Language Speakers 
Mi Familia Vota

Want to get involved with Election Day?
Are you interested in working at the polls on Election Day? Election judges are needed at polling places, and it’s not too late to play an important, paid role on November 3. Find out more about these opportunities from the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office

Once You’ve Voted
Once you’ve put your ballot in the mail, you can track its progress via BallotTRACE.

Are You a Green Card Holder?
If you’re on your way to becoming a U.S. citizen but aren’t quite there yet, be sure you’re up-to-date on what your status means on Election Day

Learn More
Denver Elections Division
Denver Public Library Election Resources
 

Written by ogallegos on October 1, 2020