Elections:

The Ouray County Clerk and Recorder's office conducts public elections according to federal and state statutes, and encourages participation by all current and potential eligible electors in Ouray County. The County Clerk and Recorder's office also provides election assistance to other local governments within Ouray County, including the City of Ouray, Town of Ridgway, school districts and special districts.

All elections in Colorado are conducted by mail ballot. As an alternative to returning the voted ballot by mail, a voter also has the option of casting the ballot in person commencing 8 days prior to the election through 7:00 p.m. on Election Day at the Voter Service and Polling Center located at the Ouray County Courthouse, 541 Fourth Street, Ouray, Colorado.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How old must you be to register to vote in Ouray County?
You must be 18 years old, or will turn 18 years old by the date of the next election. A person who has reached 16 years of age but who will not be 18 years old by the date of the next election may pre-register by the same means available to 18-year olds. The registration will automatically become active when the preregistered person reaches 18 years of age.

Who is eligible to register to vote in Ouray County?
To register to vote, a person must be a United States citizen, meet the minimum age requirements, have been a resident of Colorado for at least 22 days and consider Ouray County to be his/her sole legal place of residence.

Where can I register to vote in Ouray County?
You may obtain a voter registration form, make changes to your name, address, telephone number, email address, party affiliation, mail-in voter status, and military and oversees elector status at the Ouray County Courthouse, Ridgway Town Hall, Ouray City Hall, or at any driver's license office in the State of Colorado. The Ridgway Library also has these forms. You may also download a voter registration form or register online at the Secretary of State's website at
www.govotecolorado.com .

What are the deadlines for registering t to vote in an election?
Registrations via voter registration drives and applicable governmental agencies and mail must be received by the Ouray County Clerk's office no later than 22 days prior to the election; online voter registration will be accepted up to 8 days prior to the election; and registration at the Clerk and Recorder's office may be done through Election Day.

Are Voter Registration forms available?
Voter Registration Application and/or Mail-In Ballot Application forms are available at all Clerk and Recorder offices in Colorado, and are also available to download and print from the Secretary of State's website at
www.govotecolorado.com . Complete the form(s) and return them to the Ouray County Clerk. NOTE: When mailing a registration form, it is helpful to us if you also include a copy of your Colorado driver's license or state identification card, if you have one...

Am I required to affiliate with a political party?
You are not required to affiliate with a political party and be designated as "unaffiliated." Or, you may affiliate with the Democratic Party, Republican Party or any one of the minor political parties, or any political organization recognized in Colorado.

Is there a fee to register to vote?
There is no fee to register to vote. A certified copy of your voter registration can be obtained from the Clerk and Recorder's office for $2.

How can I confirm that I'm registered to vote?
You may contact the Ouray County Clerk's office at (970) 325-4961 or visit the Secretary of State's website at
www.govotecolorado.com .

How will I receive and return my ballot?
All active registered voters will be sent a ballot via U.S. mail approximately 18-22 days prior to an election. Voters can choose to return the ballot by mail, drop the ballot office at the Voter Service and Polling Center located at the Ouray County Courthouse (541 4th Street, Ouray), or vote in person at the Courthouse Voter Service and Polling Center beginning eight days prior to the election through 7:00 p.m. on Election Day..

What if I make a mistake on my ballot?
You can obtain a replacement ballot by contacting the Ouray County Clerk's office at (970) 325-4961.

What election equipment does Ouray County utilize?
Ouray County currently utilizes Hart Intercivic voting equipment, including a hybrid of optical scan paper ballots and electronic voting.

For more information, please call 970-325-4961

OURAY COUNTY VOTER INFORMATION

OURAY COUNTY VOTER INFORMATION