Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are mail ballot elections?

Mail ballot elections are an alternative to polling place voting. Prior to each election, a ballot is automatically mailed to all Gilpin County voters at the mailing address on record in the Statewide Voter Registration System. The ballot is then returned to the county Elections Office.

  • Why are elections conducted by mail?

It is now law in the State of Colorado. Many voters enjoy the extra time to review the ballot before casting a vote. Mail ballots give voters the opportunity to review the candidates and issues on the ballot in the comfort of their own home.
In addition, mail ballot elections have shown to be more cost effective than polling place elections, and have also shown to increase overall voter turnout especially in odd-year elections.

  • I am not registered to vote. How can I do that?

You can go to govotecolorado.com and register. You can also register when you obtain a driver’s license or you can fill out a paper form at the Clerk and Recorders Office. The last day to register on line is October 26, 2015. You can register to vote up to and including Election Day. On October 26th  thru Election Day, you will need to appear at the Courthouse in Central City where the Voter Service and Poling Center (VSPC) is located.

  • What do I have to do to vote by mail?

You must be registered and reside in Gilpin County to receive a ballot. Ballots will be mailed to voters approximately 22-18 days before the election. Once you vote your ballot, just place it in the secrecy sleeve and place it in the return envelope. Make sure to sign and date the Affidavit and mail it back. You can also drop off your ballot at the Gilpin County Courthouse, 203 Eureka St., Central City during business hours or drop your ballot off at the 24 hour ballot drop off box at the Gilpin County Community Center, 250 Norton Dr., Black Hawk.

  • What if I have moved and have not updated my registration?

Mail ballots cannot be forwarded to your new address. Before October 26, 2015, you can change your address online at govotecolorado.com. After October 26th, you will need to appear in person at the Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC) in the Old Courthouse in Central City, 203 Eureka St., to update your address and obtain a ballot.

  • What if I change my name?

You cannot vote under your old name. Your name and signature must match on your ballot. You will need to go to govotecolorado.com and change your name. You can also change your name by filling out a form in person at the clerk’s office. You will need to provide I.D. showing proof of name change.

  • I will be out of town when ballots are mailed. How do I make sure I get a ballot?

If you return prior to Election Day, you may have time to vote and return your ballot when you get back. If you will not return prior to Election Day, you will need to apply for a replacement ballot with the County Clerk’s office. Your ballot will be mailed to the temporary address you indicate on the form.

 

  • What if I make a mistake while voting my ballot?

If you make a mistake on your ballot, contact us for instructions on how to obtain a replacement ballot. You can come in to the VSPC for an election judge to “spoil” the ballot you made a mistake on and issue a new one.

  • Will my vote still count if I forget to put my ballot into the secrecy sleeve?

Yes, all eligible ballots will be counted regardless of whether or not they are sent back in a secrecy sleeve.

  • What if I forget to sign my return envelope and I have already mailed it?

If you return your mail ballot without signing the Affidavit on the envelope, we will contact you by letter. You will have up to 8 days after the election to come into our office to sign the Affidavit on the back of your ballot envelope in order for your ballot to be counted.

  • Why do I have to sign the back of the ballot envelope?

Your signature on the back of the ballot envelope will be compared to your signature on file in the Statewide Voter Registration System. If your signature matches the signature we have on file, your ballot will be counted. If the signatures do not match, a letter will be sent to the address on file along with a form that will allow you to confirm that you voted the ballot.
No one else may sign your ballot for you. This includes family members or people who have a “Power of Attorney” to sign documents on your behalf. If you are unable to sign, you must make your mark and have a witness sign that he or she observed the mark.

  • Do I have to return my ballot by mail?

No. You have the choice of mailing your ballot or hand carrying it to the Old Courthouse in Central City during business hours or use the 24 hour ballot drop off box at the Gilpin County Community Center. Please do not allow anyone other than someone you trust to deliver your ballot for you.

  • When must the voted ballot be returned?

Mail ballots must be received by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 3, 2015. If the ballot is received after Election Day, the votes on the ballot will not be counted.

  • How do I know my ballot has been received?

Upon receiving your voted ballot, we scan your record in the State wide Voter Registration System to indicate you have returned a ballot. You can call the Elections Office at 303-582-5321 and ask if the ballot has been received or you can verify it online at http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/vote/VoterHome.html?menuheaders

  • Can someone find out whether I have returned my ballot?

Yes. That information is public record. Many parties and candidates use this information for their “Get Out the Vote” campaigns. When you vote, the calls should stop.

  • Can someone find out how I have voted?

NO. The procedure for processing mail ballots ensures that secrecy is maintained for each voter’s ballot. The secrecy sleeves containing the ballots are removed and separated from the outer envelope so that a ballot cannot be linked to a specific voter.

  • When will the ballots be counted?

Counting the mail ballots may begin 15 days prior to the election and continue until counting is completed. Every eligible ballot received prior to 7 p.m. on Election Day will be counted.

 

  • When will election results be known?

Preliminary unofficial results will be released after 7:00 p.m. on Election Night when the election judges have finished processing the ballots. You can review these results online at the Gilpin County website, co.gilpin.co.us., or the Secretary of State website.

MORE QUESTIONS?

You can call us at 303-582-5321
 Or E-mail us at
gcelections@co.gilpin.co.us

PRIMARY ELECTION DAY
JUNE 28, 2016

 

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