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How do I register to vote?

How do I update my address?

    If you move your residential address or change your mailing address, you must update your address with the County Clerk & Recorder. You may update your address online, in person or by mail, fax or email.

    Online:

    In person:     

    • La Plata County Clerk & Recorder, 98 Everett St., Suite C, Durango, CO 81303
    • La Plata County Motor Vehicle, 98 Everett St., Suite A, Durango, CO 81303
    • La Plata County Motor Vehicle, 1199 US Hwy 160B (Corner of Mill St & 160B) Bayfield, CO 81122

    By mail, fax or email:

    La Plata County Elections Department
    98 Everett St. Ste C
    Durango, CO 81303
    or
    Fax: (970) 259-5413
    or
    Email: elections@co.laplata.co.us           

    (request must be a PDF attachment that includes the voter's signature)

Am I registered to vote?

    You may verify your voter registration information online at the Colorado Secretary of State's website. To protect your privacy, you must enter your name, date of birth and zip code of your residential address to access your registration information

I am in the military or overseas, how can I register and cast my ballot?

    Go to www.fvap.gov to learn more about military and overseas voting. You may also call our office at (970) 382-6297.

Where can I register vote in person?

    You may register to vote in person Monday through Friday (except holidays) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the following locations:

    • La Plata County Clerk & Recorder, Courthouse 98 Everett Street Suite C Durango, CO 81303
    • La Plata County Motor Vehicle, 98 Everett Street Suite A Durango, CO 81303
    • La Plata County Motor Vehicle, 1199 Bayfield Parkway Bayfield, CO 81122

Can I register to vote online?

How do I obtain a certified document of registration for in-state tuition purposes or other purposes?

    The certificate can be obtained in person or by mail. You must provide identification if requesting in person.

    In person:  Go the the La Plata County Elections Department, 98 Everett Street Suite C Durango, CO 81303. The cost is $1.25 check, cash or money order.

    By mail:  Send $3.25 check, cash or money order to the La Plata County Elections Department, 98 Everett Street Suite C Durango, CO 81303. Include in your request your printed name, date of birth, residence address, mailing address (if different from your residence address) and signature.

    Payment is required prior to issuing the certificate.

What are the qualifications necessary to be an election judge?

    • Be an eligible elector who resides in La Plata County.
    • Be physically and mentally able to perform required tasks.
    • Attend a class of instruction concerning tasks of an election judge.
    • Never have been convicted of any election fraud, any other election offenses, or fraud.
    • Be neither a candidate whose name appears on the ballot in the election that they are appointed to serve nor a member of the immediate family, related by blood or marriage to the second degree, of a candidate whose name appears on the ballot.

What are the current political parties in Colorado?

    Current political parties are available on the Colorado Secretary of State's website. Voters may also register as "unaffiliated" if they do not want to join a political party.

Who may register to vote?

    1. Are you a United States citizen?
    2. Will you be at least 18 years old by Election Day?
    3. Do you live in La Plata County, Colorado?

    If you answered "yes" to all three questions, then you may register to vote!

What are some of the duties of the election judges?

    • To open and close the polls.
    • To be responsible for all election materials.
    • To maintain order in the voter service and polling center throughout the day.
    • To ensure that no electioneering is going on in the voter service and polling center or within 100 feet of any building in which a voter service and polling center is located on election day.
    • To perform all duties courteously, efficiently and in accordance with the law.

What is an election judge?

    Election judges are responsible for the administration of election procedures on election day. They are in the position to see that all eligible electors are given the opportunity to exercise their constitutional right to vote and that the laws established by the Colorado Revised Statutes are followed to guarantee the purity of elections. Judges cannot leave the polling place after taking the Judges Oath, except in an emergency. The emergency must be reported to the designated election official immediately.