RTD, Secretary of State, county clerks highlight zero fare transit service on National Vote Early Day and Election Day
Today, RTD General Manager and CEO Debra A. Johnson, RTD Board Chair Vince Buzek, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Molly Fitzpatrick, Denver County Clerk and Recorder Paul D. López, and Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder Joan Lopez highlighted two upcoming zero fare days on all RTD services for National Vote Early Day and Election Day.
RTD services will be available at no cost to all users tomorrow and Tuesday, Nov. 8, to encourage voter participation in the upcoming general election. At a news conference today at RTD’s I-25•Broadway Station, the leaders spoke about the significant role that public transit can play in providing equitable access to reaching voting sites.
“I appreciate the support RTD has received from the Secretary of State’s office and county clerks throughout the agency’s service area,” said RTD General Manager and CEO Johnson. “RTD strives to be a strong community partner, and with this socially equitable initiative, the playing field is being leveled so that the constitutional right to vote is accessible to all registered voters through systemwide zero fare transit.”
“I am thankful to have the support of RTD, Colorado’s largest transit agency, in making it even more accessible to cast a ballot,” Secretary Griswold said. “Every eligible Coloradan should make a plan to vote this election.”
“It is important to create a culture of celebration around voting, especially around all the opportunities to vote early,” said Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Fitzpatrick. “I applaud RTD for signing on as a National Vote Early Day partner and for providing two zero fare days that will help to create a buzz around voting early, which benefits both voters and local election offices.”
“Partnerships like this make Colorado one of the best places to vote. Our culture of participation has made us one of the highest turnout states in the country, but we don’t stop there,” said Denver Clerk and Recorder López. “Whether it’s zero fare RTD days or bringing mobile voting units to folks who need accommodations or making it possible for folks to drop off their ballots at the beloved Empower Field – our office and our colleagues across the state are excited to make sure every eligible voter who wants to cast their ballot can.”
Colorado voters can find their nearest ballot drop box or voting center by visiting GoVoteColorado.gov. At this web address, they can also register to vote or update voter registration, find their local County Clerk, and sign up to track their ballot using BallotTrax.
To plan a trip to vote on RTD, visit rtdden.co/vote.
Important information for Colorado voters:
- Coloradans can register to vote or update their voter registration at GoVoteColorado.gov through Oct. 31 in order to receive a ballot in the mail. After Oct. 31, Coloradans can register to vote, receive a ballot and vote in person at a voting center until 7 p.m. on Election Day.
- All Colorado voters can sign up to track their ballot using BallotTrax.
- Eligible voters who wish to mail back their voted ballot should do so by Oct. 31 to ensure it is received by their county election official by Nov. 8. After Oct. 31, voters can return their ballot to the closest drop box or voting center.
- Early voting began on Oct. 24. This year, 411 drop boxes and over 350 voting centers are available in Colorado. Voters can look up the closest locations, opening date and hours at GoVoteColorado.gov.
- In-person voting on Election Day, Tuesday Nov. 8, will be available 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Eligible voters must have returned their ballot to a drop box or voting center by 7 p.m. on Election Day or be in line to vote by 7 p.m. on Election Day for their ballot to be counted. Ballots cast by military and overseas voters must be sent no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day and received by close of business on the eighth day after the election (Nov. 16).