Colorado Voter ID Laws

Local Assistance

Let us know of any local organizations helping those who need assistance register and get to the polls.

Key Dates

General Election: November 6, 2012
Action Date
Last Day to Register in Person by October 9, 2012
Early Voting(In Person Absentee voting) begins October 22, 2012
Last Day to Request an Absentee Ballot By Mail October 30, 2012
Last Day to Last day to pick up a mail-in ballot application at the county clerk’s office and apply November 2, 2012
Last day for early voting at the early voting polling places November 2, 2012

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Full Transcript

Intro and agenda:

Hello I’m ________ and you are watching the update for the state of Colorado. This video will give you an overview of what you need to know to exercise your right to vote. We’ll cover the latest and pending changes, what forms of ID are acceptable, who is eligible to vote, registration procedures and deadlines, when you can vote and where you can get additional assistance.

Required Identification to Register

In Colorado you may register to vote online only if you have Colorado State driver’s license or ID card issued by the Department of Revenue. If you have one these documents you may use the “online registration” link in the green section below.

If you do not have a Colorado State driver’s license or ID card issued by the Department of Revenue, you must fill out and sign a paper voter registration form then return by fax, email, mail, or hand. You can get a printable voter registration form using the link in the green section below or at the Secretary of State’s Voter information page also linked in the green section below.

The deadline for voter registration is 29 days before Election Day.

If you think you are already registered to vote, it’s a good idea to confirm your registration and your current address using the voter verification link in the green section

Verification also gives you the opportunity to request an absentee or mail-in ballot and learn the location of your polling place.

Required documentation at the polls

If you plan to vote in person, you will need to bring one of the following forms of identification to your polling place. Unless specifically mentioned, the address on your ID does not have to match the address where you are registered to vote:

  • Copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and current address
  • A valid Colorado driver’s license;
  • A valid identification card issued by the Department of Revenue
  • A valid U.S. passport;
  • Valid U.S. military photo ID card
  • Valid employee photo ID card issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the United States government or any Colorado county, municipality, board, authority, or other political subdivision of Colorado
  • A valid pilot’s license issued by the federal aviation administration or other authorized agency of the United States;
  • A valid Medicare or Medicaid card
  • A certified copy of your U.S. birth certificate issued in the United States;
  • Certified documentation of naturalization
  • Valid veteran photo ID card issued by the United States department of veterans affairs veterans’ health administration; OR
  • A valid identification card issued by a federally recognized tribal government certifying tribal membership.
  • A valid student identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector issued by an institute of higher education in Colorado. Students, be very careful. Not all school IDs are acceptable! IDs will NOT be accepted from most Private licensed career schools and technical institutes..


When To Vote:

Election Day is Tuesday November 6, 2012. Polls in Colorado will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

You may also vote early in person or via mail-in ballot.

Vote early in-person at your local early voting location between October 22nd and November 2nd.  To find your early voting locations, contact your County Clerk and Recorder . Link

Any registered voter may request a mail-in ballot. This can be done online from the voter verification link below or you may fill out the Mail-In Ballot Application and return it in person, by mail or email. Instructions for submitting the application are included in the application. We have provided a link to the application in the green box below.
To get your ballot by mail, your county clerk must receive your application 7 days before the election otherwise you may pick up your mail-in ballot at your county clerk’s office no later than the Friday before the election.
Mail-in ballots count just like any other ballot as long as they are received by your county clerk no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. Postmarks do not count. You can also drop off your ballot at your county clerk’s office or at established drop-off locations. Contact your county clerk’s office for drop-off locations.

Mail-in rules and deadlines are different for Military and Overseas voters who are covered under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens and Absentee Voting Act a link to special instructions is provided in the green section below

Additional Assistance

There are several organizations to help you with any part of the voting process, from registration, getting the proper identification or transportation to the polling place.

Use the links in the sidebar for National organizations and for uniformed service members, their families and citizens living outside the U.S.

“Local Assistance” from independent organizations is available in the Blue section below, Official Government information and forms can be found in the Green section below, and Key Dates for your state can be found in the Red section.


We hope we have answered the most common questions for MOST voters in MOST situations or pointed you in the right direction to get more information.  Election laws are much more complicated than we can fully cover here.  Please visit one of the official sites listed below in the Green section for more detailed information.

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Our democracy works best when everyone participates in the process so make sure you vote and encourage others to vote as well. If you found this site helpful please share it with others using any of the sharing methods provided below.  Thank you.

Green – official

To register online


Paper Registration Form


Request for mail-in Ballot


Uniformed and Overseas Citizens and Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA)



Verify/update existing registration



County Clerk and recorder info


Blue – Assistance


Red – Deadlines


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