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 publicly available?
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 is 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, whom 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.