Are you a last-minute Denver voter? Here’s what you need to know

It’s not too late to register!
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Erin O’Brien (left) and Nancy McGuire run the front desk at the Swansea Rec Center polling station on election day. Nov. 8, 2022.
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So you waited until the last minute to vote? Oopsie. Now what?

You're running out of time to make sure you're registered, find your ballot (or vote in person), make a pick, and get it done.

Here's what you need to know.

Figure out: Are you registered to vote?

If you're unsure, you can check here. If you are, you can skip this part. If not, you can still register.

You have to be 18 by election day to vote. You also have to be a U.S. citizen and a resident in Denver and have a valid Social Security Number, Colorado Driver's License, or Colorado ID card. To get one, go here.

If you have those things, you can head to the Colorado Secretary of State's website and register to vote online.

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Can you vote if you're homeless?

Sure can!

But you do need an address to list.

"This may include a homeless shelter, homeless provider, park, campground, vacant lot, business address or any other physical location within a precinct that the voter considers their home base, to which the voter returns regularly and has an intent to remain," according to the Clerk's website.

You also need a Colorado I.D. To get one, go here.

To vote, find your ballot.

If you were already registered, the Denver Clerk and Recorder's Office should have mailed it to you a few weeks back.

To find it, dig through takeout menus, grocery store coupons, your stack of free newspapers or your laundry pile.

Once you have your ballot, make sure it's not damaged. Open the envelope and follow the instructions.

A few weeks ago, you could have mailed in your ballot. No longer.

Once your ballot is filled out, take it to a 24-hour drop box at one of 43 locations. You can find the full list here.

Without a ballot, you can't vote. You'll need to vote in person.

While the days of Election Day in-person voting have changed radically, you can still vote the old-fashioned way.

Head to one of the city's Vote Service and Polling Centers, where they'll help you get squared away.

If you vote in person, you have to be in line by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6.

But wait! How do you vote when there are so many choices?

Please don't wait until 7 p.m. on Tuesday to figure out who and what you're voting for.

If you need help, Denverite has a handy voter guide with links to our coverage about the election.

You'll be picking the next mayor, and if you're in City Council Districts 8, 9 or 10, you'll be picking your next Council member.

Now, vote.

Finally, follow your ballot!

If you wonder whether your vote's been counted or even received, you can sign up for email and text notifications.

To do so, head to the BallotTrax website and fill out the form.

BallotTrax is not the place to go to change voter registration information. That would be here.

If you have other questions, contact the Clerk and Recorder's office.

You can call them at 720-913-VOTE (8683).

Text them at 56003.

If you're hearing impaired, call 720-913-8657.

Visit in person at 200 W. 14th Ave., Denver, CO 80204.

Or shoot them an email at [email protected].

Head to Denverite for election night coverage

Once the polls close, we're going to be heading out to watch parties and keeping you updated on the latest results.

Chances are, we won't know all the winners Tuesday night, but we'll have some idea of who's headed to office.

So refresh regularly for all the election night news.

This story has been updated to reflect fresh information about the runoff election.

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