The deadline to register to vote in this years general election is Tuesday, Oct. 9, but theres no need to wait. You can register online at the Colorado Secretary of States website, https://www.sos.state.co.us/voter-classic/secuRegVoterIntro.do. The process takes less than 5 minutes isnt complicated. Youll be asked for your date of birth and drivers license number.
You can also check online at the same site to make sure that youre still registered. If you voted in the primary or in the 2010 general election, it should be, but some Coloradans who expected a mail ballot for the June primary were surprised to find that their names had been purged. Recent safeguards against voter fraud (which was found to be rare in Colorado) make a quick check sensible, while theres still time to get registered.
You can also register or check your registration at the county clerks office, which is in the courthouse annex in the former First National Bank building on the north side of Main Street. Monday is Columbus Day, however, so election officials may be busier than usual on Tuesday.
Voting is always important. Local races often are decided by a small number of votes. In the Republican district attorney primary, only 19 votes separated the candidates. When something as important as a school bond is at stake, participation is especially important. And Colorado is a swing state in a very close presidential race.
If you arent registered, do so now. If you think you are, check.
Get to know the candidates. Research the issues.
And vote. Dont waste a precious right.