1-7.5-116. Applications for absentee ballot
(1) (a) An application for an absentee ballot must be made in writing, by electronic mail, or by fax, using the application form furnished by the designated election official or in the form of a letter that includes the applicant’s printed name, signature, residence address, mailing address if the applicant wishes to receive the mail ballot by mail, and date of birth.
(b) If the application is made for a primary election ballot, the application shall name the political party with which the applicant is affiliated or wishes to affiliate.
(2) The application for an absentee ballot must be personally signed by the applicant; or, in the case of the applicant’s inability to sign, the elector’s mark must be witnessed by another person.
(3) The application for an absentee ballot must be filed with the designated election official of the political subdivision in which the applicant resides or is entitled to vote. The application must be filed no later than the close of business on the Friday immediately preceding the election; except that, if the applicant wishes to receive the absentee ballot by mail, the application must be filed no later than the close of business on the seventh day before the election.
(4) An application for an absentee ballot is subject to the rules of residency contained in section 1-2-102 and is subject to challenge as provided in parts 1 and 2 of article 9 of this title.
(5) A prisoner in pretrial detention may apply for an absentee ballot from the prisoner’s county of residence. No application for an absentee ballot shall be accepted unless personally signed by the applicant and accompanied by a certification from the institutional administrator or the administrator’s designee that the applicant is in pretrial detention. The institutional administrator shall certify the application immediately upon request by the prisoner.
(6) No person shall give to any eligible elector any form for the purpose of requesting an absentee ballot unless the form prompts the applicant to provide all the information required by subsection (1) of this section and is either provided by the state or the elector’s county or contains the following statement: “Under Colorado law, your absentee ballot application must contain your printed name, signature, residence address, mailing address if you wish to receive the ballot by mail, and date of birth. If you do not provide all of this information, you may not receive an absentee ballot according to the rules established by the secretary of state.” Violation of this subsection (6) is an offense punishable as provided in section 1-13-803.
(7) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, no absentee ballot shall be mailed to an applicant unless the designated election official has previously received an application for an absentee ballot from the applicant.
Source: L. 2013: Entire section added, (HB 13-1303), ch. 185, p. 734, § 91, effective May 10.L. 2014: (1)(a) amended, (HB 14-1164), ch. 2, p. 73, § 38, effective February 18.
Cross references: (1) In 2013, this section was added by the “Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act”. For the short title and the legislative declaration, see sections 1 and 2 of chapter 185, Session Laws of Colorado 2013.
(2) For the legislative declaration in HB 14-1164, see section 1 of chapter 2, Session Laws of Colorado 2014.
1. Definition for Political party
Any group of registered electors who, by petition or assembly, nominate candidates for the official general election ballot. “Political party” includes affiliated party organizations at the state, county, and election district levels, and all such affiliates are considered to be a single entity for the purposes of this article, except as otherwise provided in section 7. Section 2(13) of article XXVIII of the state constitution.
2. Definition for Political subdivision
A governing subdivision of the state, including counties, municipalities, school districts, and special districts. C.R.S. § 1-7.5-103.
3. Definition for Designated election official
The secretary of state, a county clerk and recorder, or other election official as provided by article XXI of the state constitution. C.R.S. § 1-12-100.5.
4. Definition for State
A state of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, or any territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. C.R.S. § 1-8.3-102.
5. Definition for Ballot
(a) A federal write-in absentee ballot;
(b) A ballot specifically prepared or distributed for use by a covered voter in accordance with this article; or
(c) A ballot cast by a covered voter in accordance with this article.
(2) “Covered voter” means:
(a) A uniformed-service voter defined in paragraph (a) of subsection (9) of this section who is a resident of this state but who is absent from this state by reason of active duty and who otherwise satisfies this state’s voter eligibility requirements;
(b) An overseas voter who, before leaving the United States, was last eligible to vote in this state and, except for a state residency requirement, otherwise satisfies this state’s voter eligibility requirements;
(c) An overseas voter who, before leaving the United States, would have been last eligible to vote in this state had the voter then been of voting age and, except for a state residency requirement, otherwise satisfies this state’s voter eligibility requirements; or
(d) An overseas voter who was born outside the United States, is not described in paragraph (b) or (c) of this subsection (2), and, except for a state residency requirement, otherwise satisfies this state’s voter eligibility requirements if the last place where a parent, legal guardian, spouse, or civil union partner of the voter was, or under this article would have been, eligible to vote before leaving the United States is within this state.
C.R.S. § 1-8.3-102.
6. Definition for Person
Any natural person, partnership, committee, association, corporation, labor organization, political party, or other organization or group of persons. Section 2(11) of article XXVIII of the state constitution.
7. Definition for Election
Any election under the “Uniform Election Code of 1992” or the “Colorado Municipal Election Code of 1965”, article 10 of title 31, C.R.S. C.R.S. § 1-7.5-103.
8. Definition for Secretary
The Colorado secretary of state. C.R.S. § 1-1.5-102.