UCCS to serve as voting service and polling center for 2020 presidential primary

The United States and Colorado flags fly in the wind.
The United States and Colorado flags outside of Main Hall during summer. Photo by Savannah Waggoner

Voters in El Paso County will be able to register and cast votes for the 2020 presidential primary election Feb. 24-29 and March 2-3 on the UCCS campus. The UCCS site will be one of 11 locations in the county operated by the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder.

Voting on campus Feb. 24-29

The voting service and polling center will be located in the Kettle Creek Meeting Room, with an entrance on the northeast corner of the Roaring Fork Dining Hall. Paid parking is available in Alpine Garage at the intersection of Austin Bluffs Pkwy. and Stanton Rd. The center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 24-28, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 29.

Voting on campus March 2-3

The voting service and polling center will be located in the Gallogly Recreation and Wellness Center, with a designated entrance on the west side of the facility. Parking for voters only is complimentary in Alpine Garage. The center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mar. 2, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mar. 3.

Mail-in ballot drop-off locations

Voters can mail in their ballots, drop them off at the voting service and polling centers, or use one of 34 secure drop-off boxes, including one near the southwest entrance to the University Center. During the 2019 general election, it was the most popular drop-off location in the county.

Only submit one ballot

Voters registered with a political party only received the ballot for that party, but unaffiliated voters should have received a ballot for both parties. Voters should only return one ballot – if both ballots are returned, the vote will be invalidated.

17-year old voters turning 18 by November election

If a person will turn 18 by Nov. 3, 2020, they are entitled to vote in the presidential primary election.

Election resources

Colorado citizens are among the most engaged voters in the country, with a turnout rate of 72.1 percent in the 2016 general election. Both the El Paso County Clerk and Recorders Office and the Colorado Secretary of State provide in-depth resources for voters on how to participate in the election process.