Some Colorado polling judges are retrained after improperly requiring voters to show photo ID

Colorado voters can use 13 types of ID

DENVER - Polling judges in some Colorado counties were improperly requiring voters to show photo identification on Tuesday, but the problem was quickly corrected after the watchdog group Colorado Common Cause alerted election supervisors.

Colorado voters must show identification at the polls -- and more than a dozen types of ID are accepted by law. (See a complete list of acceptable forms of identification below.)

But Elena Nunez of Common Cause said photo identification is not required under state law. Voters can still use utility bills, bank statements and naturalization documents as valid forms of identification during elections, she said.

Election judges were requiring photo ID at the Chapel Hills Mall and the Stratmoor Hills Fire Department in El Paso County, and also at the Stapleton Recreation Center in Denver, Nunez told 7NEWS reporter Marshall Zelinger.

A church polling place was also improperly rejecting utility bills as voter ID, Nunez said.

Common Cause notified county officials and all the election judges were retrained and the ID problem was resolved.

"There was confusion, but counties worked to correct it," Nunez said.

In Colorado, you can present more than a dozen different types of identification. However, if any form of identification listed below shows your address, that address must be in the state of Colorado to be valid.

According to the Colorado Secretary of State's website, here are the acceptable forms of identification:

  • A valid Colorado driver’s license
  • A valid identification card issued by the 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 United States government or of this state, or by any county, municipality, board, authority, or other political subdivision of this state
  • A valid pilot’s license issued by the federal aviation administration or other authorized agency of the United States
  • A valid U.S. military identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the elector. For example: A current cable bill or telephone bill; Documentation from a public institution of higher education in Colorado containing at least the name, date of birth, and the legal residence address of the student elector; A paycheck from a government institution or private company or 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 issued in the United States
  • 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
  • A valid veteran identification card issued by the United States 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.

Note: The Secretary of State's office said a Social Security number (or the last four digits) is not a legal form of identification for voting in person.

And remember, if any form of identification shows your address, that address must be in the state of Colorado to be valid.

Learn more on the Colorado Secretary of State's website.