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Student Voting Guidelines

A registered voter in Colorado is considered a resident of Colorado for motor vehicle registration and operation purposes and for income tax purposes. Federal law prohibits voting in more than one jurisdiction/state.

Out-of-State or New to Colorado Students

  • As noted above, a registered voter in Colorado is considered a resident of Colorado for motor vehicle registration and operation purposes and for income tax purposes.
  • A person residing in Colorado temporarily may want to register to vote in their home state and vote by mail, if their home state allows absentee voting.

Out-of-County Students

Colorado law allows college students to keep their voter registration in their hometown and vote by mail from college. This choice is up to the student. They may re-register in the jurisdiction where they are attending school, or they may retain their registration in their hometown. 

Colorado Residents Attending School Out of State

If you intend to keep Colorado as your permanent home for motor vehicle and income tax purposes, register as a Colorado voter and make sure your voter registration is up-to-date with your out-of-state mailing address. Your residential address is your Colorado home address.

Before registering to vote, please review the Voter Registration Requirements and Information.

Colorado Mesa University Students Living on Campus

If you are a CMU student registering to vote in Mesa County from your CMU Dorm address please follow these instructions for your residential and mail address (see below if you are just having your ballot mailed to your dorm, but registered someplace else).

Note the difference between your residential address and mailing address. Remember to use your assigned dorm name not the main university address.

Residential Address

Street Address
Grand Junction, CO 81501

Example - Residential
1100 North Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501

Mailing Address
Dorm Building Name
Dorm Street Address
Grand Junction, CO 81501

Example - Mailing
Wingate Hall
1601 Cannell Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501

Photograph of a female College Student holding notebook with group of one female and two males in the background

 

If you are a CMU student maintaining your home voter registration, but would like to have your ballot mailed to you at CMU dorm we recommend completing the voter registration online form in the following manner – Note this is a Colorado example only. If you are registered out-of-state, you may only have two address field options. Colorado provides these three field options.

Residential Address
Your home address in another Colorado County

Mailing Address
Leave blank

 

Mail my Ballot to a Different address:

Mail Box # Your Dorm Hall, Street address of Dorm
Grand Junction, CO 81501

Example:
Wingate Hall
1601 Cannell Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501

Do you want to register or update your registration?

You can visit the Colorado Secretary of State website to register and update your registration information.

It is highly recommended you include an email address with your voter registration. Your email address is NOT public information. It helps the Elections Division get in touch with you if there is a problem with your ballot and also communicate (infrequently) about upcoming election information.