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VOTER REGISTRATION


Are you registered to vote? Do you want to change your party, your address, your name?

To register online or check your registration (including party affiliation) visit the Secretary of State's Website, GoVoteColorado.com or text "Colorado" "CO" or "2Vote" (28683) on a smartphone to be taken to the Secretary of State's website to register to vote or check your registration.

You must have a Colorado driver's license or ID card to register or update your registration online.



To register by mail you'll need a voter registration form.

Voters can also register in person at the Clerk and Recorder's Office. Office locations and hours can be found on the website: El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Teller County Clerk and Recorder


COLORADO SPRINGS MUNICIPAL ELECTION

The City of Colorado Springs holds elections on the first Tuesday of April in odd-numbered years. The next scheduled municipal election is April 6, 2021. If you live in Colorado Springs your ballot will reflect which City Council District you live in and list the candidates for your District. Can't wait to find out? Learn what District you live in through this District Search or look at this Colorado Springs City Council District Map. For more information about the upcoming municipal election, visit the City Elections Page or call the City Election line at (719) 385-5901, option 4.

ELECTION INFORMATION


The next general election will be held Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

CANDIDATE AND BALLOT INFORMATION


Candidates are about more than slogans, name recognition and personality. Be informed to help you make decisions about who you want to represent you. You can look at  candidates' websites, attend candidate forums, and talk to others about the candidate. League's publication, "How to Judge a Candidate" gives additional ideas on how to decide which candidate best represents your values.

Visit VOTE411.org for national, state, and local election information. Candidate surveys and ballot information are published on VOTE411.org. Enter your address to see the races and questions on YOUR ballot - then print up a sample ballot with your voting preferences to guide you through the real ballot.



MONEY IN POLITICS

Curious about money in politics - who pays how much and to whom? 

Campaign Finance information for Colorado Springs elections can be found on the city's website here.

Information about State and County races can be found on the Secretary of State's TRACER Campaign Finance website.

Ballotpedia, a nonpartisan political website, tracks candidates, ballot questions, and funding at Ballotpedia.org.

OpenSecrets.org is run by the Center for Responsive Politics.

Followthemoney.org has information gathered by the National Institute on Money in Politics.


CONTACT YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS

A first step in taking political action can be as simple as contacting your elected officials. 

Visit our "Contact Elected Officials" page for more information.

THINK BEFORE YOU INK 

 Signing Petitions is Not Necessarily a Civic Duty

In advance of general elections voters are often asked to sign a variety of initiative petitions "just to get it on the ballot so people can vote on it." This reasoning is inadequate; your signature should be considered at least as valuable as your vote. Far fewer signatures are required to qualify an initiative for the ballot than votes for it to pass. 

To help you decide whether or not to sign a petition, the League of Women Voters of Colorado put together these points to consider: 

Is it complex? Some issues can be decided by a simple "yes" or "no" vote, but complex issues need to be thoroughly examined and debated in a legislative arena -- not a grocery store parking lot -- before writing onto a ballot. Some initiatives are not well written, or contain conflicts that may require court resolution or interpretation. 

Whose idea is it? You can find out the designated representatives and registered issue committees on the Secretary of State's website.  All signature gatherers are required to wear a badge that identifies them as "volunteer circulator" or "paid circulator". If the signature gatherer is not wearing a badge, do not sign. If the circulator is a paid circulator, the badge should also give the name and phone number of whoever hired her/him. 

How will it be funded? An unfunded mandate or a recall of an elected official who will be up for reelection soon anyway, may impact other essential programs by diverting budget funds. 

Does it belong in the Constitution? Some ballot questions are meant to change the Colorado constitution. If an initiative intends to amend the state Constitution, consider whether it really belongs there. Is it a fundamental right or principle that should be protected from change? Correcting a constitutional amendment requires another constitutional amendment -- and another vote of the people -- which is cumbersome and costly.

In addition to these pointers, consider whether you support the initiative itself. Take a few minutes to read the ballot language to be certain. Is the circulator representing the question and the issue correctly? Do you support the proposed changes or proposed new law? If you aren't certain, it's okay to say "not now" to a circulator and take the time to do your research at home. Chances are good you'll see another circulator, with the same petition, soon.