• Ballot packets are assembled about six weeks prior to Election Day at the printing vendor's location.
  • Ballot packets include: a ballot, a return envelope, and a secrecy sleeve and voter instructions.
  • Ballot packets are mailed to voters about three weeks prior to Election Day.
  • Ballot packets sent to military or overseas voters are sent forty-five days prior to Election Day to allow for a longer transit time.
  • Voters have until Election Day to vote their ballot, seal it in the secrecy sleeve and envelope, read and sign the oath on the envelope and return it to Larimer County Elections.
  • Voted ballots must be received by the Larimer County Elections office by 7 p.m. on Election Night.
  • Ballots can be mailed (postage of 55 cents) or dropped off at any of the Voting Locations up to and including Election Day.
  • Signatures on the returned envelopes are compared to signatures from the Voter Registration System. If the signatures match, the returned ballot packet is approved to move forward to removal.
  • Voters whose signatures do not match are contacted by mail with information to resolve the signature discrepancy. Voters can resolve the discrepancy within eight days after election day and their ballot will be counted.

The ballot packets are opened and the contents removed following the steps outlined below.

  1. The secrecy sleeves, containing the voted ballots, are removed from the envelopes.
  2. The ballots are then removed from the secrecy sleeves.
  3. Ballots are flattened and ballot stubs are removed.
  • Ballots are counted using optical scan equipment.
  • Election judges process ballots up to fifteen days prior to Election Day.
  • Ballots are sent to duplication due to physical damage that prevents them from being run through the optical scan equipment.
  • Trained election judges use the Voter Intent Manual created by the Secretary of State's Office to ensure consistency when duplicating ballots.
  • Lastly, the voted ballots are tabulated.
  • The first unofficial results are posted to our website shortly after 7 p.m., and then additional results are posted throughout the evening.
  • Official results are determined after the Canvass Board meets and certifies the election results, which is approximately two weeks after the election.

Contact Elections

200 W. Oak Street, Fifth Floor, Fort Collins, CO 80521
HOURS: Monday-Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm (except holidays)
EMAIL: elections@co.larimer.co.us
PHONE: (970) 498-7820
FAX:  (970) 498-7847
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