Do Your Civic Duty, Vote!

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Voting is a civic duty!

Voting is a civic duty!

Voting is a civic duty!

Mohss Elaine, Staff Writer

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Colorado’s 2018 elections are only being held on November 6th, and even if you’re newly acquainted with elections, or even politics in general, we’re here to help you and give you the information you need!

 

Voting is something teenagers rarely talk about, and is something that is becoming more and more prominent as we progress through high school. Our educations, affordable living, and transportation are just few of the major issues being tackled in the new election.  We are all majorly affected by the government in our state, and we deserve to have a voice in what’s being decided. You, as a growing adult, need to do your civic duty to participate in Colorado’s future!

 

In Colorado, the legal voter registration age is sixteen, which means that many of Coronado’s students are eligible. Voting can be completed through election day, which is November 6.

 

If you have a state ID, you can register to vote online at www.govoteColorado.com . If you are already registered, you are able to confirm your registration at this site as well. You can also update your party affiliation and your address. On the Secretary of State’s website, county clerk, recorder offices, or any federal post office, there are printable registration forms that can be mailed, faxed, or scanned. Those forms need to be signed and completed.

 

Registering in person is also available! Places you can register are offices that enable public assistance, a Colorado Department of Motor Vehicle, recruitment offices for the armed forces, a voter service and polling center, and any federal, state, local government, or nongovernment office that chooses to provide voter registration or applications.

 

Colorado laws allow you to vote at any time through election day, but the way you register to vote can change the way you receive your ballot. If you did not register to vote through 10/30, then you can no longer receive a ballot through mail. However, you may appear at any voter service and polling center and pick one up before election day!

 

Voting in person has specific identification that is needed in order to vote. These may include:

 

  • A valid Colorado driver’s license or valid identification card issued by the Colorado Department of Revenue
  • A valid U.S. passport.
  • A valid employee identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. government or of Colorado, or by any county, municipality, board, authority, or other political subdivision of Colorado.
  • A valid pilot’s license issued by the federal aviation administration or other authorized agency of the U.S.
  • A valid U.S. military identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector.
  • A copy of a current (within the last 60 days) utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the elector.
  • A Certificate of Degree of Indian or Alaskan Native Blood.
  • A valid Medicare or Medicaid card issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  • A certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate for the elector.
  • Certified documentation of naturalization.
  • A valid student identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector issued by an institute of higher education in Colorado, as defined in section 23-3.1-102(5), C.R.S..
  • A valid veteran identification card issued by the U.S. department of veterans affairs veterans health administration with a photograph of the eligible elector.
  • A valid identification card issued by a federally recognized tribal government certifying tribal membership.
  • Verification that a voter is a resident of a group residential facility, as defined in section 1-1-104(18.5), C.R.S.
  • Verification that a voter is a person committed to the department of human services and confined and eligible to register and vote shall be considered sufficient identification of such person for the purposes of section 1-2-210.5, C.R.S.
  • Written correspondence from the county sheriff or his or her designee to the county clerk indicating that a voter is confined in a county jail or detention facility.

 

There are many types of identification that can be brought to your registration, but there are a few forms that will not show your eligibility. Those are:

 

  • A driver’s license or identification card issued to not lawfully present and temporarily lawfully present individuals under Part 5 of Article 2 of Title 42, C.R.S.
  • Any document produced by Colorado’s statewide voter registration system.

 

With this in mind, take part in our state’s politics, and show your government what you want to be done! The time to change the future is now, so why not take part in it?

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