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Civic Engagement

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Raise your voice. Advocate for opportunity. Cast your vote.

Public policy is a powerful tool for change. Our state and our economy can be strengthened by advancing common-sense, practical solutions that create opportunities for women to reach their full potential and remove the barriers standing in the way of their progress. One bill can positively, or negatively, impact hundreds of thousands of women and families. That is why WFCO engages in public policy advocacy and why your civic engagement is crucial.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead

Not sure where to start? You already have – you’re here. This page will help you find resources for voting, research ballot issues and candidates, learn about the legislative process, and engage in advocacy.

Election Protection Resources

Please visit Just Vote Colorado’s website if you have any questions or experience voter protection issues while voting. Their resources are in English and Spanish.

Bottom line: Register to vote, read your Blue Book, find your polling place, and cast your ballot.


  Your Voice and Your Vote Matter!


  Register to vote

Register to vote and confirm or update your voter registration at www.GoVoteColorado.com or complete your voter registration form and mail it to your county clerk and recorder. Colorado law allows voter registration through election day, though when you register can impact how you receive your ballot. To register to vote, individuals must be 18 years old by election day (although individuals as young as 16 can register in preparation for their 18th birthday), citizens of the United States, and have lived in Colorado at least 22 days prior to election day. Visit the Colorado Secretary of State website for more information.

  Mail-in ballots & voting

All Colorado voters (whose registration is completed at least 8 days in advance of an election) receive a mail-in ballot. Mailed ballots must be received (not postmarked) by your county clerk and recorder by 7:00 p.m. on election day.

If you are unsure whether your ballot will be received in time, drop it off at a designated drop-off location until 7:00 p.m. on election day.

Polling locations are also available for in-person voting. Visit your county clerk and recorder's website to find your polling place, ballot drop-off location, and even track your ballot’s progress.

Visit the Colorado Secretary of State website for more information about mail-in ballots.


  Upcoming elections in Colorado

November 8, 2022 – Midterm Election

In addition to statewide and local ballot measures, Colorado voters will have the opporutnity to elect their Congressional representative, all statewide offices, member of the Colorado General Assembly, and more.







  Researching candidates

WFCO cannot and does not take a position on any candidate for public, elected office. That's up to Colorado voters like you. There are many resources to learn more about the candidates on your ballot and where they stand on the issues. Two good places to start: The League of Women Voters' guide on how to judge a candidate provides a road map, including a template for a candidate report card, and Vote Smart provides unbiased information about candidates and elected officials. We also encourage you to visit candidates’ websites, contact them with questions and suggestions, and participate in community events to learn more about those who seek to represent you and govern your community.

  Researching issues

Voters are encouraged to learn more about the issues impacting our community to inform their votes. Trusted organizations can be great sources of issue information. WFCO and our public policy partners have released several guides and briefs to help you understand the issues:

Statewide Ballot Measure Guides:

Colorado Children's Campaign

Colorado Fiscal Institute 

The Women's Foundation of Colorado

The Bell Policy Center

Local Ballot Measure Guides

The Colorado Health Foundation

We know there is a lot of information out there so please let us know what you’re using to help you be a better informed voter! If we've missed a resource, please email us at wfco@wfco.org.

  Ballot measures

Colorado voters often have the opportunity to weigh in on changes to the state constitution and state laws. These statewide initiatives end up on the ballot through referral by the Colorado General Assembly or are championed by proponents in the community and certified for the ballot through a complex process.

An impartial analysis of each amendment, law, and question on the ballot is prepared by the Colorado Legislative Council staff with input from the community, including proponents and opponents. The analysis is presented in the Ballot Information Booklet or “Blue Book”, which is mailed to all voters and available online. There should be an equivalent to the Blue Book for your county and municipal voting as well.

The Brownstein Colorado Ballot Initiative Tracker, available through the law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, is a great resource for tracking all proposed statewide ballot measures and their progress through the certification process.

Colorado news outlets often cover important or controversial ballot measures in their politics or op-ed sections. Check your favorite outlet's website to see what issues they're covering. WFCO and our public policy partners have released several guides and briefs to help you understand the issues:

We know there is a lot of information out there so please let us know what you’re using to help you be a better informed voter!


  Advocating for Change


  Colorado General Assembly

The Colorado General Assembly is complex and largely operates in the same way as the United States Congress. We have a bicameral legislature, made up of the House of Representatives, which includes 65 seats, and the Senate, which includes 35 seats. Representatives serve two-year terms and are limited to four consecutive terms. Senators serve four-year terms and are limited to two consecutive terms.

Learn about the Assembly's composition, procedure and powers, the state budget process, and more.

Have you ever wondered who can be a legislator? Are legislators paid? Who is a legislator's boss? Read this legislative Q&A

  Legislative process

Every bill introduced in the Colorado General Assembly receives a public hearing. The bills are first considered in the chamber in which they are introduced, assigned to a committee for a public hearing, and then, if passed out of committee, return for further consideration by the chamber in which the bill was introduced.

Then, if the bill passes the first chamber, the process is repeated in the second chamber. If passed by both chambers, the bill advances for the Governor’s approval.

  How a bill becomes a law in Colorado
  The legislative process
  Public participation in the legislative process

  Influencing legislators

Many ideas for new laws or changes to existing laws come from community members. Legislators value opportunities to listen to their constituents about challenges facing their communities and potential solutions for them. Legislators also want input from those they represent about the issues on which they vote throughout the legislative session.

There are many ways to share your perspective with elected officials, as an individual or a representative of a community group, business, or organization.

First, find your legislator. Then, you can contact them by phone, email, or mail. You may also request an in-person meeting with elected officials.

When you contact your legislator (use this link to find out who that is) remember the following:

Tell them you are a constituent; legislators pay attention to those who put – and keep – them in office.

Communicate aspects important to you in your own words; legislators prefer not to receive standardized emails and/or calls.

Including something specific to your district is helpful (a personal story, something you saw/heard, why this matter is especially important to you, etc.).


     For a phone call:

Use this formula, pulled from an action alert for the Supports For Early Childhood Educator Workforce Bill, for whatever bill or issue you're calling about.

Introduction: Introduce yourself as a constituent and include your affiliation with The Women’s Foundation of Colorado, as well as your professional affiliation or role in the community.

What issue you're calling about and why: In Colorado there is limited child care capacity which impact families, communities, and the economy.

Personalize: Personalize the conversation by sharing how you or a woman you know have utilized child care to be able to work especially if you or someone you know have experienced barriers being able to work or retain employees. If you are employed in the child care sector and have experienced difficulties in advancing or are a center director and have had difficulties retaining teachers be sure to mention that direct personal connection.

Ask for support: Please support HB20-1053 by voting yes. 


    * For an email:

Use this formula, pulled from an action alert for the Supports For Early Childhood Educator Workforce Bill, for whatever bill or issue you're emailing about.


My name is [YOUR NAME] and I am a supporter of The Women’s Foundation of Colorado as well as a [INSERT PROFESSIONAL TITLE (optional). IE: business owner, educator etc]. I am writing you today to strongly encourage your support for [BILL OR ISSUE], because [WHY SUPPORT IE: in Colorado there is limited child care capacity which impact families, communities, and the economy.]

[PERSONALIZE IE: let your senator/representative know if you or a woman you know has been impacted by this bill/issue]

As one of your constituents, I ask you to please support [BILL OR ISSUE]. [Please vote yes] or [Please encourage your peers to vote yes.]





  Stay up-to-date

Learn more about proposed legislation through the Colorado General Assembly bill tracking tools.

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Each spring during the legislative session, WFCO hosts an Advocating for Impact training series for community members to learn about and participate in the legislative process.

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