Reminder: Have You Been Purged?
Being a new resident to Colorado, I knew I had to register 30 days prior to the election in order to vote. While in Larimer Square on September 17, I was approached by a voter registration drive worker. It was convenient, so I filled out the requisite paperwork, signed it, and handed it back to her. I assumed that my registration went through and waited for my registration card in the mail with my district number and polling place. Having never received it, I started to worry, and logged onto fairvotecolorado.com to check my registration. I was noticeably absent. I tried calling up the Denver Election Commission, sat on hold for 25 minutes, and finally hung up.
I called up FairVote Colorado and spoke to a worker there. He explained that I was in the same boat as thousands of other voters whose forms had been "lost." Since it's past the voter registration date, I will have to cast an emergency provisional ballot on Nov. 2, or I can go and vote early. He said to bring several forms of ID, including a driver's license, passport, a utility bill, and a paycheck with my current address. He also emphasized that if the election officials give me a hard time, I should explain that I know my rights and can cast an emergency provisional ballot.
Finally, he recommended I call up the Denver Election Commission in December or January, after the election chaos has settled down, and make sure that they have all my information.Consider yourself warned. Again.
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