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Voting While Experiencing Housing Uncertainty

To register to vote, you need:

  1. Basic identification information

  2. Colorado residency (established through a physical address)

While Going Through an Eviction

Facing eviction does not impact a voter’s ability to register at the address subject to eviction proceedings. An eviction proceeding impacts registration only after a voter is physically removed from their residence by the sheriff following a court order. The following stages in the eviction process require no changes to voter registration:

  • Receipt of a Demand for Rent or Possession

  • Receipt of a Summons & Complaint in Unlawful Detainer

  • Receipt of notice of judicial hearing

Registering Without a Fixed Permanent Home

Unhoused voters can register to vote in Colorado. For purposes of voter registration, a person experiencing housing instability can list the address of a place to which they regularly return or intend to remain. This is the voter’s home base. A home base can be any place with a physical mailing address, including:

  • Park

  • Shelter

  • Vacant lot

  • Campground

  • PO box

  • Residential facility

The purpose of providing a mailing address is to enable unhoused voters to receive ballots by mail. A voter always has the option of casting a ballot in person on Election Day regardless of their ability to receive mail, but must provide a physical mailing address to register.

Acceptable Forms of Identification

  • Colorado driver’s license or photo ID card

  • Valid US Passport

  • Colorado public employee ID card

  • Valid pilot’s license

  • Valid US military ID card

  • Copy of current (within 60 days) utility bill, bank statement, government-issued check, paycheck, or other government document with voter’s name and registration address

  • Certificate of Degree of Indian or Alaskan Blood

  • Certified copy of US birth certificate

  • Certified document of naturalization

  • Valid student ID card from a Colorado institution of higher education

  • Valid ID card from US Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Valid ID card from federally recognized tribal nation

  • Verification that voter is a resident of a group residential facility

The deadline to register to vote in Colorado is Election Day.


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