Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - General Election
Election Coverage from Colorado Public Radio
Specific Races covered by Colorado Public Radio
3 rd Congressional District: Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush vs. Republican Lauren Boebert
U.S. Senate Race: Democrat Gov. John Hickenlooper or Republican Sen. Cory Gardner
San Miguel County 2020 General Election Dates
Friday, September 18: UOCAVA (Military and Overseas) ballots will be mailed.
Monday, October 5: Public Logic and Accuracy testing for voting systems hardware- 10:00 a.m. at 305 West Colorado Ave. (San Miguel County Courthouse).
Friday, October 9: Mail ballots will be mailed to all active, registered voters.
Monday, October 12: Ballot Drop Boxes will be open (Drop Box locations listed below).
Friday, October 26: Last day for an individual to submit a voter registration application and still receive a ballot in the mail. After this date, voter registration and in-person voting is still available through Election Day.
Tuesday, November 3: ELECTION DAY! Additional Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC) in Norwood will be open at 1670 Naturita Street (Norwood Town Hall).
Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC) Dates and Hours
Both the Telluride and Norwood VSPCs will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
Telluride VSPC – 335 West Colorado Ave – Telluride
Monday through Friday, October 19 – November 2, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 31, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 3, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Norwood VSPC- 1670 Naturita Street (Norwood Town Hall)
Tuesday, November 3, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
24/7 Mail Ballot Drop Box Locations:
Miramonte Building- 333 West Colorado Ave. – Telluride
Glockson Building (San Miguel County Finance Office) – 1120 Summit Street, Norwood
Placerville School House – 400 Front Street, Placerville.
Ballot drop-off is also available during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) at the San Miguel County Courthouse, as well as all VSPCs.
Replacement ballots are available upon request and in person by appointment at the Clerk and Recorder’s office (San Miguel County Courthouse, 305 West Colorado Ave, Telluride).
Please call 970-728-3954 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an appointment.
If you have not received your mail ballot before October 23, please contact the Clerk and Recorder for a replacement ballot before the deadline of October 26.
Please direct any questions or ballot requests to the Clerk and Recorder Election department at 970-728-3954 or email@example.com.
FAQ’s – San Miguel County Elections
How old must you be to register to vote in San Miguel County?
You must be 18 years of age or older on the date of the next election to register to vote at all elections. However, a person who is 16 years of age or older but will not have reached 18 years of age by the date of the next election may preregister and upon reaching 18 years of age, the person is automatically registered. In addition, a person who is 17 years of age on the date of a primary election or presidential primary election and who will be 18 years of age on the date of the next general election is entitled to vote in the primary election or presidential primary election.
Who is eligible to vote in San Miguel County?
A person must be at least eighteen years of age by the date of the next election, be a citizen of the United States, and has resided in Colorado at least 22 days immediately prior to the election at which the person intends to vote.
Where can I register to vote?
Registering to vote can be done online at www.govotecolorado.gov, in person at the Clerk & Recorder’s office, at the Colorado Department of Revenue’s Driver License division or at a Voting Service and Polling Center during an election.
When is the last day to register to vote?
Voters may register through Election Day. Please note that how you register to vote will impact how you receive your ballot.
Am I required to affiliate with a political party?
An unaffiliated voter can choose to list a preference in order to receive a particular party ballot rather than affiliating with the party. Any unaffiliated voter may, but is not required to, declare a political party affiliation when the voter desires to vote in a primary election, or the voter may declare his or her political party or political organization affiliation at any other time during. An unaffiliated eligible voter need not declare an affiliation to vote in a presidential primary election.
Do I need to show ID to vote?
Yes, you must present an ID when you come in to vote. The address on the ID must be from the state of Colorado. Learn more about accepted forms of identification click here.
- I moved to another state. How do I withdraw my Colorado voter registration?
What is the difference between a residential address, a mailing address, and a ballot address?
The term “residence” generally means the principal or primary home or place in which a person lives. A “residence” is a permanent building or part of a building and may include a house, apartment, condominium, room in a house, or mobile home. You must have a residence to register vote.
A mailing address is location where mail is received. Many in San Miguel County have a separate PO Box from their residence. This can also be used for students away at any institution of higher education.
A ballot address is a third mailing option for receiving a ballot. An example for use of a ballot address would be when a voter is away from their permanent residence each year during the same time. If an election falls during that time, the ballot will be sent to this address. All other election material will be sent to the mailing address.
What if I am homeless? Can I still register to vote?
If you are homeless, permanently reside in a recreational vehicle (RV), or for whatever reason have no fixed permanent address, you may use any address that you regularly return to and have the intent to remain. This location is referred to as a “home base” (residential address) and may be used for voter registration purpose.
What is Automatic Voter Registration?
When an individual interacts with certain agencies, such as the DMV, they usually will provide information such as name, address, date of birth, etc. This information is then used to register that individual to vote in Colorado.
The voter’s county clerk will verify if they have a complete record to register the individual to vote. If the voter’s record is complete, the county clerk will send a notice to the voter that they are registered to vote. The voter can return the notice to either decline to be registered or to affiliate with a party. If the voter does not decline to be registered within 20 days after the notice is mailed and the form is not returned as undeliverable, the elector is then registered to vote.
All Mail Election – San Miguel County, Colorado
All Mail Election
Every eligible elector will receive a ballot in the mail. Ballots may be returned by mail or dropped off in person at a voter service and polling center (VSPC), at the indicated hours. At each location labeled a voter service and polling center, voters may also exchange their mail ballots to vote a paper ballot in person or vote on an electronic voting machine, as well as register to vote, change physical or mailing addresses, or obtain replacement ballots.
Note: The San Miguel County Courthouse is not ADA Accessible, and no electronic voting machine is available there.
Mail-in ballots cannot be forwarded. If you will be away from your normal mailing address at the time ballots are mailed, you may make arrangements for someone to pick up and forward your complete ballot package in another envelope. Or, give us a temporary mailing address using either Go Vote Colorado, the Change in Voter Registration Information (PDF) or visit the Clerk’s office.
How to Vote with Your Mail Ballot
- Complete the ballot according to the instructions on the ballot and on the Secrecy Sleeve. Sign and date the back of the return envelope, under the flap, where it says “Affidavit of Voter,” seal the envelope and put it in the mail. Be sure to put enough postage on for first class delivery and mail it early enough to be received at the Telluride Post Office on Election Day. If you decide to send it by an overnight courier service, not by USPS, you must send it to the County Clerk and Recorder’s Office.
- Complete your ballot according to the same instructions, but drop it in the ballot collection box at one of the following places
San Miguel County Courthouse Elections Department
305 W Colorado Avenue
Telluride, CO 81435
San Miguel County Annex at:
335 W Colorado Avenue
Telluride, CO 81435
Glockson Building (available 24/7) at:
1120 Summit Street
Norwood, CO 81423
To check that your mailed ballot has been received, visit Go Vote Colorado.