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Your vote is your voice. It’s how you can make a difference, so it’s very important that you vote. Many people in the United States don’t vote, which is hard to understand, especially when men and women fought many years for the right to vote.

Disenfranchisement, or taking the right to vote away from someone, is part of the voting rights history in America. These laws are usually related to involvement in the criminal justice system, and they vary from state to state.

Know Your Rights
You're eligible to vote if you will be 18 years of age or older at the time of the next election, are a United States citizen, have resided in Colorado 22 days immediately before the election, and are not serving a sentence of confinement, detention, or parole for a felony conviction.

You're eligible to vote if you’re on probation or in jail for a misdemeanor or as a pretrial detainee.

The day you finish your sentence of incarceration, include the sentence of parole, you become eligible to vote. No one will contact you to let you know you’ve earned back the right to vote. It happens automatically on the last day of parole.

How to Register to Vote
Colorado law allows you to register to vote through Election day. If you register to vote by mail or online through www.govotecolorado.com at least 8 days before an election, the county clerk will automatically mail you a ballot. If you register to vote after the 8th day before an election, you must visit one of the Voter Service and Polling Centers in your county to get a ballot. If you register to vote through a voter registration drive, your application must be submitted to the clerk and recorder no later than 22 days before the election.

Note, you may register to vote by going in-person to a Voter Service and Polling Center through Election Day. You can call Just Vote Colorado at 866-687-8683 to learn where your closest Voter Service and Polling Center is.

John Lewis, a state representative from Georgia, calls the vote “the most powerful, nonviolent tool we have in a democratic society.” Representative Lewis was a young man when he marched in 1965 from Selma to Montgomery, a protest that helped bring about the Voting Rights Act.

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