A past client of mine, Gretchen Kelmer, recently reached out and brought it to our attention that if people move they need to update their voter registration address. Since we’ve helped many of our clients move recently and since there are so many details to think of when you move, we figured this would be a helpful reminder. Here are the details on how to update your voter address from Gretchen:
With the 2020 election right around the corner, it’s a good time for everyone to visit the CO Secretary of State’s voter registration website and make sure that your voter registration information is up to date. Double-checking your voter registration information will ensure that you receive your ballot by mail.
If you have recently moved to a new address within Colorado, updating your voter registration address is quick and easy. Simply visit the CO Secretary of State’s voter registration website and click “Find My Registration.” You will be asked to enter your name, your previous zip code, and date of birth to retrieve your registration information. Then click “edit” to update your address. That’s it! In Colorado, all registered voters will automatically receive ballots by mail, so you can sit back and wait for your ballot to arrive at your new home this Fall.
If “Find My Registration” does not bring up your voter registration information, never fear! Try searching with any additional previous zip codes, and if that doesn’t work, simply return to the home page and select “Register to Vote.” Sometimes voter registration records are placed on an “inactive” status and submitting a new registration is required to reactivate. If for any reason you can’t find your registration online, there is no problem with re-registering.
If you have moved to Colorado from out of state, you will likely be automatically registered to vote if/when you receive a Colorado Driver’s License. If you do not yet have your CO license (the DMV has been a nightmare lately!) or do not plan to get one, you will need to register using a paper form, as the online system requires a Driver’s License or State ID number. The form is available online, or please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a friendly neighborhood voter registration drive volunteer to swing by with the form, collect it from you, and submit it to the county clerk on your behalf.
If you have teens or college students, talk to them about their voting plans. Some people are surprised to learn that 16 year olds can register to vote in Colorado! While they won’t be able to vote until they are 18 (or 17, in a primary election in which they will be 18 by the time of the corresponding general election,) 16 year olds can get a head start on their civic duty by registering now. College students that are residents of Colorado have the option to keep their registration in their hometown and vote by mail (and can designate an alternate mailing address while keeping their residential address by visiting the Colorado voter registration website and clicking “find my registration.”)