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Kiowa County Clerk & Recorder
P.O. Box 37
Eads, CO 81036




State of Colorado REQUIRES along with your license or ID you must bring an item with your PHYSICAL ADDRESS on it

Examples: Credit card statement, rent receipt, utility bill, phone bill , bank statement

If you have any questions

please call the     

Kiowa County Clerk Office 719.438.5421



By Delisa Weeks

Kiowa County Clerk and Recorder


Current physical and mailing address needs to be correct for Voter Registration. 

 Colorado elections are mail ballot delivery elections; so ballots will be mailed to all eligible electors:

·       June 28, 2016 Primary Election ballots will be mailed to all active eligible electors affiliated with either the Republican or Democratic Party the week of June 6, 2016. 

·       Unaffiliated voters can affiliate anytime including Election Day to vote in the June 28, 2016 Primary Election. 

·       November 8, 2016 Presidential General Election will be mailed to all active eligible electors the week of October 17, 2016. 

 The ballot that is mailed to you is the Official Ballot for you and your location.  Please vote that ballot and either mail it back (adequate postage attached), or drop it off at the Clerk’s Office.

Ballots are not forwardable so it is very important that your address both physical and mailing is correct. 

 Your physical address determines what ballot issues you are eligible to vote on.  Example:  If the city is having a question on the ballot and you live in that city then you are eligible to vote on that question and if you don’t live in the city you will not be eligible to vote on that question. 

 For Voter Registration; please contact our office at 719-438-5421 or go to to update your information. 

 Primary Election Day:  Tuesday, June 28, 2016 ballot will be mailed to all active voters affiliated with Republican or Democratic parties.  Unaffiliated Voters need to affiliate and can do so either before or on Election Day. 

 May 27, 2016, Friday: Last day for voters who are affiliated with a political party to change or withdraw their affiliation.  If they wish to vote in a different party’s primary election. 

 June 6 – June 10, 2016 Ballots for the Primary Election will be mailed to voters this week. 

 General Election: Tuesday, November 8, 2016 ballots will be mailed to all active voters registered in Kiowa County.  

 The Clerk’s Office can be reached at 438-5421 for voter and election questions.



By Delisa Weeks

Kiowa County Clerk and Recorder


Why is Election Day on a Tuesday?

  • Years ago, when voters travelled to their polling locations by horse, having an election on Tuesday allowed them time to worship on Sunday and ride over on Monday.

 How many votes were cast for President in the 2012 U.S. Presidential election?

  • 129.1 million votes were cast.  That’s a voter turnout of about 53.6%

 Why do presidents have to wait all the way until January 20 to assume office?

  • It used to be a lot longer.  Until 1937, presidents didn’t get sworn in until March 4 because it took so long to count and report ballot results, and because of the winner’s logistical issues in moving to the capital.  But then better technology kicked in, and the 20th Amendment moved presidential inaugurations to noon on January 20 allowing presidents to start taking care of business sooner. 

 How many times has a candidate for president won the popular vote but lost the election? 

Four times in our nation’s history,

  • In 1824 Andrew Jackson won the popular vote but got less than 50% of the electoral votes.  John Quincy Adams became the next president when he was picked by the House of Representatives.
  • In 1876 Samuel Tilden won the popular vote but lost the election When Rutherford B. Hayes got 185 electoral votes to Tilden’s 184.
  • In 1888 Grover Cleveland won the popular vote but lost the election when Benjamin Harrison got 233 electoral votes to Cleveland’s 168.
  • In 2000 Al Gore won the popular vote but lost the election to George Bush.  In the most highly contested election in modern history,  the U.S. Supreme Court stopped the Florida recount of ballots, giving Bush the state’s 25 electoral votes for a total of 271 to Gore’s 255.   

 In most Presidential Election the candidate who wins the popular vote will also receive majority of the electoral votes, but this is not always the case, some electors abstain from voting, while other vote different than they pledged to vote.  Some states have passed legislation to fine electoral voters if they don’t vote the way the system is set up for their state. 

 The Kiowa County Clerk and Recorder can be reached at 719-438-5421 for voter information or email us at .



By Delisa Weeks

Kiowa County Clerk and Recorder



Voting rights in the United States have been contentious over the country’s history.  Eligibility to vote in the U.S. is determined by both Federal and State law.  Currently, only citizens can vote in U.S. elections.  Absent of federal law or constitutional amendment, each State is given considerable discretion to establish qualifications within their own jurisdiction.  Federal role in elections has increased through amendments and enacted legislation, such as the Voting Rights Act.   The following gives background on the struggle we as Americans have endured to get this privilege: 

  •  1776 When this country announced its independence from Britain, voting rights were based on property ownership.  This typically meant that those voting were white males over the age of 21. 

  • 1787 In the newly drafted constitution, states were given the power to set voting mandates and most were still favorable to white males who owned property. 

  • 1830 Many states had dropped religion and property ownership as requirements for voting with a large percentage of the population voting at the polls.

  • 1868 The 14th Amendment recognizes African Americans as citizens, giving them the right to vote.  However, state officials continue attempts to deny this right. 

  • 1870 African Americans were given the right to vote in the 15th Amendment.  It prohibited any state or local government from denying that right.

  • 1890 Wyoming becomes the first state to recognize women’s right to vote and provide for it in a state constitution.  

  • 1920 The 19th Amendment was added to the constitution, giving women across the nation the right to vote.

  • 1940 Congress recognizes Native Americans as Citizens.  However it wasn’t until 1947 that all states granted them the right to vote. 

  • 1964 The 24th Amendment declares that no person should be denied the right to vote because they cannot pay a “poll tax”. 

  • 1965 An Amendment to the Voting Rights Act bans the use of literacy tests, poll taxes and other obstacles designed to keep people from voting. 

  • 1971 The voting age is lowered to 18. 

 Voting is a privilege and should be taken very seriously.  There have been many steps taken to ensure that everyone who is eligible to vote has the right to exercise their freedom to do so.  To provide fair and open elections is the very basis to making sure that we honor the ideal of “one-person-one-vote”.  It is about defending a right that is at the very foundation of democracy.  Listed above are some very good examples of why we should exercise our voting privilege and vote in every election that we are eligible to do so because every election is important or else we would not have one. 

 Please exercise your right to vote in every election.  Let your opinion be heard and what you stand for be voiced by your vote! 

The Primary Election will be held June 28, 2016 and the General Election will be held November 8, 2016.

 REMINDER:  County Offices will be closed February 15, 2016 in observance of President’s Day. 

 The Kiowa County Clerk and Recorder can be reached at 719-438-5421 for voter and election questions, recording information and motor vehicle questions.



By Delisa Weeks
Kiowa County Clerk and Recorder



JUNE 28, 2016

Colorado's New Design For Driver License and ID Cards

Sample Of New Colorado Driver License

The Colorado DMV will begin issuing driver licenses, instruction permits and identification cards with new designs in 2016. The card design includes an entirely new format and enhanced features, including laser-engraved information in grayscale, as well as new card material.

The new design will be issued at the Littleton, Aurora and Frisco state driver license offices during the pilot program, beginning in March 2016.

Valid driver licenses, instruction permits and identification cards with the current design can be used until their expiration date. The current design will continue to be issued at all other offices.


By Delisa Weeks

Kiowa County Clerk and Recorder


2016 Election Alerts: 

How important is it to vote in the June 28, 2016 Primary Election?  Please be aware that Primary Elections are to select candidates to go on to the November General Election. 

Reminder:  There will “NOT” be presidential candidates on the Primary Election Ballot.  There will be state and local races on the Primary Ballot.

 A Primary vote can be the deciding vote for an office if there is no one else running for that office.  Pursuant to C.R.S. 1-4-105 “No person who has been defeated as a candidate in a primary election shall be eligible for election to the same office by ballot or as a write-in candidate in the next general election.” 

 If you are unsure of the party you are affiliated with, or what your current address information might be, please take the time now to check with our office or go to to check your registration information.  You may also change your affiliation to reflect how you want to vote before the deadline of May 27, 2016 and your address by obtaining appropriate forms from the Clerk and Recorder’s Office or at the above listed web site.  After this deadline you will receive the parties’ ballot that is listed on your registration records.   

 June 28, 2016 Primary will be held as an all-mail ballot delivery election for Kiowa County Voters.  If you have moved since the last election you might need to update your address with us and doing so by May 27, 2016 will insure that you get your ballot in the mail.  Ballots are not forwardable so we need to have your current address information in order for you to receive your ballot.  

Ballots for all eligible registered voters will be mailed June 6 – June 10, 2016.  There will be no additional Voter Service/Polling Centers open Primary Election Day.  All voted ballots; replacement ballots or affiliation declarations must be returned to the Kiowa County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, 1305 Goff Street, P.O. Box 37 Eads, Colorado 81036 . 

 Unaffiliated voters that would like to vote in a Primary Election need to complete the proper form to obtain that parties’ primary ballot.  The appropriate forms are available from the Clerk and Recorder’s Office or on line at through Primary Election day June 28, 2016 by 7:00 p.m.  Unaffiliated voters can declare a party anytime up to and including Election Day. 

 2016 Election Dates:  Colorado is an All Mail Ballot Delivery State.  Voters will receive their Official Ballot in the mail for ALL Elections. 

 Primary Election Day:  Tuesday, June 28, 2016 ballot will be mailed to all active voters affiliated with Republican or Democratic parties.  Unaffiliated Voters need to affiliate and can do so either before or on Election Day. 

 General Election: Tuesday, November 8, 2016 ballots will be mailed to all active voters registered in Kiowa County.  

 The Clerk & Recorder’s and Motor Vehicle Office will be closed on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 thru Friday, April 15, 2016 for training. 

The Kiowa County Clerk and Recorder and Motor Vehicle can be reached at 719-438-5421 for voter and election questions or recording information. You can also reach our office by email at



By Delisa Weeks

Kiowa County Clerk and Recorder

Election Information:

  Party Assemblies and Conventions:

What is a county assembly? 

Precinct caucus delegates gather to select candidates for the state primary election, delegates to the congressional district assemblies and delegates to the state assembly. 

The county assembly is held no later than 25 days after the precinct caucuses. 

What is a district assembly?

The district assembly selects district level delegates to the national convention.  Delegates also nominate candidates for Congress, the Colorado General Assembly, the State Board of Education, the Board of Regents and District Attorneys. 

The time and place of the district assembly is determined by the chairperson of the district committee. 

What is a state assembly/convention?

State assembly members nominate candidates for statewide offices for the primary election ballot and delegates for the national convention.

The state assembly/convention is held no later than 73 days before the primary election. 

 Unaffiliated Voter Election Judge: April 26, 2016 is the last day an unaffiliated voter may give notice in writing to the County Clerk that he/she wishes to serve as an election judge. 

 The Kiowa County Clerk can be reached at 719-438-5421 for voter and election questions.

Colorado Open Record Requests (CORA)

PPursuant to C.R.S. 30-1-103 and 24-72-205 the Clerk’s office may charge for preparation and copies of requested document(s).
 Acceptance method: CORA requests are accepted by the Clerk’s office via fax or hard copy. Emailed CORA requests often enter junk mail boxes because they can come from unrecognized addresses. Or an employee may not have access to email within the 72 hour deadline to respond. It is in the requestor’s best interest to deliver it in a method or in more than one method so that any deputy clerk could pick it up, notify necessary personnel and begin the process.
 Delivery method: Documents are provided in paper or pdf format only. Documents provided under CORA are not provided in an editable format.  If a requester is not present within the county and inspection of the paper documents in person is burdensome, the clerk may mail, fax, ftp or email the documents.

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