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Posted on: October 14, 2020

How to cast your ballot and stay healthy in the 2020 election

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With competing headlines and an avalanche of social media posts about the General Election and COVID-19 dominating our attention, many of us have concerns about staying healthy as we prepare to vote. 

The Elections Division in the Clerk and Recorder’s Office has been working diligently since before the June 30 Primary Election to ensure the safety of voters, election judges and our staff, and we’re making sure voters in Arapahoe County are aware of the safe voting options available. 

View our Voter Fact Sheet for an expanded list of voter tips and important election information.

Mail Ballots

Voters in other states might say Colorado voters are spoiled, and they may be right. Every election, every eligible voter is mailed a ballot. All we need to do is fill it out, sign the envelope, and return it with 55 cents postage (one “Forever” stamp).

The most important things to remember are:

  1.  Sign your ballot envelope; and 
  2.  Get it in the mail by Oct. 26 to allow time for delivery. 

If you can’t get your ballot in the mail by that date, find a 24-hour drop box or Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC) to return your ballot.

24-Hour Ballot Drop Boxes

Drop boxes are a convenient and proven option for Arapahoe County voters. They’re made of steel, monitored 24/7 by security camera and emptied by bipartisan teams, so you can trust your ballot is secure and in good hands. 

They’re open 24 hours a day, all week long, and they’re almost everywhere. The Elections Division added seven new boxes in 2020 alone for a total of 33 across the County, chances are good there’s one in your neighborhood or on your way to work

Find a drop box near you

Voting In Person

Many voters vote in person in order to use an accessible voting device or translation service. Others may need to register to vote or request a replacement ballot at the last minute (all VSPCs are open until 7 p.m. on Election Night, and a voter can register and cast a ballot right up to the deadline). Some voters prefer the excitement of going to a VSPC and seeing the election judges at work.

The best recommendation if you’ll be voting in person is to do it early. There are 12 total days to vote in person in Arapahoe Countyallowing voters to avoid the long lines that inevitably develop on Election Day

  • Phase 1 VSPCs: Open Monday, Oct. 19 – Tuesday, Nov. 3
    • Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Saturday, Oct. 31, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Phase 2 VSPCs: Open Friday, Oct. 30 – Tuesday, Nov. 3
    • Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Saturday, Oct. 31, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • All VSPCs open Election DayTuesday, Nov. 3
    • 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

View a complete list of all County VSPCs 

If you want more information, need to update your registration, or have any questionscall the Elections Hotline at 303-795-4511 (7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday) or go to arapahoevotes.com.

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