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Colorado election 2017: Drop your ballots at secure locations, don't mail them, after Tuesday

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Posted at 4:32 PM, Oct 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-31 18:42:16-04

DENVER – Tuesday was the last day for Coloradans planning to vote in the Nov. 7 election to mail their ballots back. Now, if you’d like to vote, you should take your ballot back to a drop-box location or your county clerk’s office.

As of Tuesday morning, 437,723 ballots had already been returned for the 2017 off-year election. But voters under 40 still are returning just a fraction of the ballots—as has been the case since voting opened earlier this month.

Colorado election officials have asked voters who want to mail their ballots back for the election to do so by the end of the day Tuesday. Now that the day is over, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and local officials are telling voters to bring their ballot to a secure 24-hour drop-box location.

Mayor Michael Hancock joined Gov. John Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne in dropping off their ballots Tuesday.

Denver has 26 ballot drop-boxes that are open 24 hours a day. Find those and polling centers on a map by clicking here. If you’re mailing your ballot back in Denver, you can sign up for Ballot Trace to be sure your ballot makes it back to your county clerk in time to be counted.

Arapahoe County drop-box locations can be found by clicking here.

Most of the counties in Colorado have a drop-off location that can be found on each respective county clerk’s website. If your county doesn’t have a drop-box location, you are advised to drop your ballot off with the county clerk.

Colorado voters can register online and at polling centers any day, even on Election Day.

Six counties won’t have an election this year – Cheyenne, Dolores, Grand Hinsdale, Mineral and Washington counties – and people in those counties won’t be receiving ballots, as there are no contested races or local bond measures on which to vote.

But approximately 50,000 Arapahoe County voters won’t receive a ballot this year because they don’t live in a coordinating jurisdiction, nor will approximately 10,000 Adams County voters in the same situation, according to the Arapahoe County Elections Division.

There will also be no statewide ballot issues this year for the first time since 2009, as odd years are usually used to send TABOR matters to voters.