Electors Without Fixed Permanent Homes FAQs

Q1. How do I register to vote if I do not have a fixed permanent home?

A1.  An individual who is homeless, permanently resides in a recreational vehicle (RVs), or for some reason has no fixed permanent residence, may use any address that he or she regularly returns to and has the intent to remain. That location may be used as the elector’s "home base" (residential address) for voter registration purposes.


Q2. What are some examples of acceptable residence locations?

A2. For voter registration purposes, the location given need not be an actual residential address. For instance, an elector who permanently resides in an RV may use a campground as "home base" for voter registration purposes. Likewise, those who cannot afford regular or adequate shelter may use a park, vacant lot, or homeless shelter as "home base" for registration purposes. Basically, if the elector intends the given location to be their home base, they may give any physical location as an address.


Q3. What if an elector gives a location that does not have a mailing address?

A3. If an elector with no fixed permanent home indicates that his or her residence is a physical location that lacks a mailing address, such as a park, then the elector must also give a valid mailing address where he or she can receive correspondence (such as a mail ballot or TABOR notice). Although a person may use any physical location as a residence, he or she cannot be registered without providing a valid mailing address.


Q4. Can a post office box be used as a "home base" for voter registration purposes?

A4. No. Post office boxes are never acceptable as a residence address; an elector must provide a physical location so that the designated election official can determine the appropriate ballot style for the elector.


Q5. Can a post office box be used as a mailing address for voter registration purposes?

A5. Yes. If a homeless elector provides a physical location that does not have a mailing address (such as a park), he/she may provide a post office box as a mailing address only. Post office boxes are acceptable as mailing addresses only; they are never acceptable for residence purposes.