By Rebecca VanGorder
Election Day is nearly upon us and the race is on to get people registered and ready to vote.
So how does one get registered? There are a number of sites out there to check registration status. Some states have deadlines coming up on getting registered to vote and some have early voting just about to start as well. Here is a list of the information needed for Colorado and some of our Southwestern neighbors.
- Colorado: Secretary of State’s site (https://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/main.html) to check registration status and get registered if need be. Early voting begins October 19 and ends November 2. Mail in ballots were sent out October 9 and should be received shortly thereafter. All ballots, whether by mail or in person, must be in by November 3.
- New Mexico: The New Mexico Secretary of State’s website (http://www.sos.state.nm.us/Voter_Information/voter-information-portal.aspx#) has the links necessary for voter’s to find what they need. Absentee ballots can be applied for and must be in by Election Day. October 20 is the last day by which to request an absentee ballot and it is recommended to return it by no later than October 27. Other important deadlines to remember are that early voting begins October 17 and October 31 is the last day for early voting and the last day for same-day registration.
- Arizona: The registration deadline for Arizona has been extended by court order and may be subject to change by legal action. The deadline is currently October 23 by 5 p.m. The Secretary of State’s site (https://azsos.gov/elections) has other pertinent information on deadlines and mail in ballots. There is no concrete information on absentee ballots for college students. Mail-in ballots can be requested by the registration deadline.
- Utah: Online registration to vote can be found on the state government site (https://vote.utah.gov/) and the deadline for that is also October 23 by 5p.m. The only absentee ballot information is for military and overseas personnel. Mail-in voting can be requested as well.
- Nevada: The state of Nevada (https://www.nvsos.gov/sos/elections) has same day registration all through the early voting and on Election Day. Early voting begins October 17 and ends October 30. The deadline to register to vote by mail or in person (the registration not the voting) past but online registration continues until October 29. Absentee ballots can be requested by a registered voter until October 20 and must be postmarked no later than November 3 and received no later than seven days after Election Day.
- Wyoming: Wyoming has no online voter registration. On the site (http://soswy.state.wy.us/Elections/Voting.aspx) the voter registration form can be found and must be filled out, notarized and sent in with an acceptable form of identification. A list of those can be found on the site as well. Absentee voting applications must be filled out by registered voters and sent to the county in which they are registered. The last day to register to vote via mail is October 19 and in person is November 3.
- Kansas: The last day to register to vote in Kansas is October 13 and can be done online and reached via http://www.voteks.org/. Early voting begins October 14 and October 27 is the last day Kansas voters can request advance ballots. November 6 is the last day by which advance ballots will be received if they are post marked by November 3.
With so much uncertainty surrounding in person voting and COVID-19, voters can check out https://www.healthyvoting.org for safety tips and other information pertaining to their state’s elections.