Residency

A voter affirms that they have resided in the State of Colorado at least 22 days before Election Day to be eligible.

The sections of Colorado election law having to do with where a voter “intends” to live and vote, and how they give the required evidence of this, pre-date the 2013 election legislation and were not changed by it. There is nothing new in the law in this regard.

Anyone attempting to vote in a district where they do not reside should remember that doing so is a felony and carries stiff penalties. In election fraud, cheaters are generally caught through normal ballot security steps.

Anyone suspected of voting where they do not reside will be turned over to the local district attorney for investigation. County clerks routinely send voting discrepancies to their local district attorneys for investigation after each election.

Any large group of people showing up on election day and asking to register and vote will be noticed and, if appropriate, challenged by the election official. There is a standard challenge procedure to determine any person’s eligibility to vote.

The voter registration file of any voter can be checked and updated “in real time” on election day through the statewide voter registration database. Anyone trying to register and vote in more than one place will be caught and any subsequent ballots intercepted as they are checked in.

Instances of true voting fraud have historically been very rare in Colorado.