How to vote in Denver’s 2019 runoff election

Hint: It’s almost exactly the same as the May election, but with different dates.
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Denver Elections Division on election day, May 7, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The city's next mayor, clerk and recorder and representatives for five council districts remain undecided. None of the candidates in these races were able to get more than 50 percent of the vote in May, triggering the June 4 runoff.

If you want the lowdown on who's running and what you'll be voting on, we made another handy runoff guide including details about the races and a new initiative you'll have a chance to decide on -- 302.

Everyone will get another chance to vote on mayor and clerk and recorder, and if your City Council district went to a runoff, you'll be able to have another say in that, too.

So here's what you need to know to make sure you can vote.

Ballots are going out May 20.

If you received a ballot for the May 7 election, you're good: You will be getting a runoff ballot in the mail as well.

You receive your ballot by mail if you're an active voter, which means Denver Elections has your address on file and they know where to send it. To check if you're an active voter, visit, click on "Find My Registration" and fill out the information.

You can track your ballot before and after its sent by signing up for Ballot TRACE on the Denver Elections website.

Not registered to vote? Here's what you need.

You can register online on the Secretary of State's website, in person at voting centers, or by mail by filling out a Colorado Voter Registration Form and sending it to the Denver Elections Division.

There are several valid forms of ID you can use to register to vote in Colorado -- your state driver's license or state-issued ID card being among the most common. You can also use a U.S. passport, a pilot's license or even a valid Medicare or Medicaid card. There are quite a view documents you can use, and you can find a complete list on the Secretary of State's website.

Colorado has same-day voter registration, which means similar to the earlier municipal election, the deadline to register to vote is election day (June 4).

Denver Elections spokesperson Alton Dillard says you should probably register in-person at one of the voting centers if you decided to wait until Election Day.

You can mail your ballot back, drop it off or fill one out in person.

The elections office recommends you vote ahead of time to avoid waiting in line on Election Day.

Dillard says you should mail back your ballot no later than this Saturday, May 25, due to the Memorial Day holiday (Denver Elections offices will be closed that day).

After that date, he recommends dropping it off at one of the 24-hour drop-off boxes box or at one of the seven voting centers. All ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on June 4.

The city's 24-hour drop-off boxes become operational today. Voting centers will open May 28 and are another place to drop your ballot. Denver Elections offices at 200 W. 14th Ave. in Denver opens today.

You can choose from the 28 drop-box locations throughout the city and county. The Denver Elections Divison website can help you find the one closest to you.

Still have questions?

You can always contact the Denver Elections Division by calling 311 or emailing them at [email protected].

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