RTD, Secretary of State’s Office announce two zero fare days to encourage voter participation
The Secretary of State’s Office and RTD, which serves eight counties in the Denver metro area, announced two zero fare days to encourage voter participation in the upcoming general election. In recognition of National Vote Early Day and General Election Day, RTD services will be available at no cost to all users on Friday, Oct. 28, and Tuesday, Nov. 8.
This effort, in partnership with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office, encourages voter turnout in the RTD region and removes a cost barrier for people to travel by bus or train to cast their ballot.
“I am pleased that this year, RTD will have two fare free days to provide voters another accessible way to return their ballot. I thank RTD, Colorado’s largest transit agency, for their partnership in making it even more accessible to vote in Colorado,” said Secretary Jena Griswold.
“While data shows that mail ballot voting has significantly increased voter turnout in Colorado, providing systemwide zero fare transit access on general election days further reduces barriers to polling places,” said RTD General Manager and CEO Debra A. Johnson. “With this initiative, the playing field is being leveled so that registered voters can exercise their constitutional right.”
Oct. 28 marks National Vote Early Day, a nonpartisan day of awareness about the tools available to many Americans – including in Colorado – to vote early. Nov. 8 is Election Day.
Colorado voters can find their nearest ballot drop box or voting center by visiting GoVoteColorado.gov, and can use RTD's new Next Ride trip planner to find the best route to get there. This year, a record 411 drop boxes and over 350 voting centers will be available for Colorado voters by Oct. 24. Some locations will open prior to Oct. 24 and voters can look up their locations, opening date and hours at GoVoteColorado.gov.
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 Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC) until 7 p.m. on Election Day.
- All Colorado voters can sign up to track their ballot from sent to counted 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. Starting Nov. 1 voters should return their ballot to a drop box or voting center.
- In-person voting on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, will be available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Eligible voters must have returned their ballot to a drop box or voting center, or be in line to vote by 7 p.m., 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 11:59 p.m. on the eighth day after the election (Nov. 16).
Colorado voters can visit GoVoteColorado.gov to:
- Register to vote or update their voter registration
- Find their local County Clerk
- Find their closest drop box or voting center
- Sign up to track their ballot using BallotTrax
- Find accurate election information