Problems Voting? Here's What to Do

November 2 2004, 7:13 AM
Today's the day. Every registered voter has the right to vote in their precinct. To reduce the chance for error, here are some easy steps to take before you go -- followed by some places to go for help if you run into trouble. Before you go: Check here and make sure you are registered to vote and that you have the right polling place. Bring proper identification. Here's a complete list of acceptable documents:
  • A valid Colorado Driver's License,
  • A valid Colorado ID card issued by the Colorado Department of Revenue
  • A valid U.S. passport
  • A valid ID card (with photo) issued by any agency of the federal, state, or local government
  • A valid pilot's license
  • A valid U.S. military ID card (with photo)
  • A copy of a current utility bill, telephone bill, cable bill, bank statement,
  • government check, any paycheck
  • A document from a college or university containing at least the name, date of birth, and residence address of the student elector
  • A valid Medicare or Medicaid card
  • A certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate
  • A certified copy of naturalization documents
  • Students can also use: An affidavit from the registrar at your public junior
  • college, college or university in Colorado containing name, date of birth and
  • residence of the student elector.
If you get to your precinct and are denied the right to vote, FairVoteColorado may be able to help you: First, go through this checklist:
  • Are you registered to vote?
  • Did you have a valid Colorado Driver's License, a recent utility bill with your home address on it, a U.S. Passport, a birth certificate, a bank statement or paycheck with a current address with you when you tried to vote?
  • Were you unable to cast a provisional ballot?
  • Do you feel you were denied your right to vote today?
  • Would you like to make sure you get to vote in the general election?
If you answered yes to any of the questions, call FairVote Colorado toll-free at 1-888-839-4301 and tell them about your situation or log a complaint on their website here . If you need to contact your county election office this page has the information for all Colorado counties. One last name and number you may need is the election division of Colorado's Secretary of State:
303.894.2200 Elections fax: 303.869.4861 Email: [email protected]
Good luck. Be patient. Today is your day and your chance to be heard. Voting is a privilege. It is what democracy is all about. Use it, don't lose it.