Voter information requests
Q1. Why does the Secretary of State
have information on voters, their voter registration, and elections?
A1. The Secretary of State is designated by state law as the
chief election official in the State of Colorado. The office is required under
federal and state law to maintain a variety of information about registered
voters, their eligibility to vote, their participation in elections and voter
registration. Much of this information is “public record” and available for
inspection under the Colorado Open Records Act. Some of the information is not
available for inspection but may only be used for official governmental
purposes as specified in state and/or federal law.
County clerks, in their capacity as local election officials, manage voter
registration information using a computerized system provided and administered
by the Secretary of State. This information is then used for election purposes
by state and local officials.
Q2. What information about voters is
A2. Information is provided by citizens at the time they
register to vote. Some of this information is then generally available. This
includes: full name; residential address; party affiliation and date of
affiliation; phone number (if provided by the voter); gender; birth year; and,
information about whether a voter has voted in prior elections.
Q3. What information about voters in
not publicly available?
A3. Some information provided by registered voters is kept only
for the purpose of verifying eligibility for registration and may be used only
for official purposes as specified by law. Some examples of this type of
information are: driver’s license number; any portion of a Social Security
number; and full date of birth. There are also circumstances under which
information about specific voters is not available, such as if a registered
voter is in danger of criminal harassment (section 24-72-204, C.R.S.) or if a
registered voter is a participant in Colorado’s Address Confidentiality Program
(section 24-21-208, C.R.S.)
Q4. How can I verify my voter
registration information is correct?
A4. You may easily verify your voter registration information online. You’ll be prompted to provide information to identify
yourself and your current voter registration information will be displayed. The
web site also provides contact information for your local county elections
office in case you want to contact them directly about your voter information
or upcoming elections.
Q5. I have a question about my own
voter registration, elections or voting, who should I contact?
A5. You are encouraged to speak to your local election
official directly since your county clerk is responsible for voter registration
and conducting elections for your county. You may also contact the Secretary of State’s office. Depending on the nature of your question,
either a county representative or a state representative will be best able to
respond. A list of county election office contacts is available online.