Having ID that doesn’t match your gender identity or presentation should not affect your right to cast a ballot in Colorado. Knowing your rights can help avoid problems when casting your ballot. One Colorado has resources to guide transgender and non-binary people through the process of voting, from registration to casting your ballot.

Below are answers to questions that transgender and non-binary Coloradans may have about voting. If you have further questions, or run into problems casting your ballot, you can call and talk to someone at Colorado’s Voter Protection Hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683).

The information below is meant to supplement general information about voting in Colorado. If you have general questions about your eligibility to register/vote, you can find it at www.justvotecolorado.org* or call Colorado’s Voter Protection Hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683).

Things to do prior to voting!

1. Check your voter registration status at govotecolorado.com. If you are not yet registered follow the instructions at govotecolorado.com.

2. If you are registered, verify that the legal name and address on your registration are up to date, and if not, make sure to update your information.

3. Check to see what, if any, ID is required when you vote by going to our voting information page, and then get the appropriate form of ID if needed.

4. If ID is needed because you are voting in person in Colorado, or are voting by mail for the first time or your ballot is marked “ID Required”, make sure your name and address on your voter registration matches your name and address on your ID by the election. Don’t worry if your gender identity or gender presentation doesn’t match your name, photo, or gender marker, as that is not required by law.

5. You will receive a ballot in the mail if you are registered by October 29, 2018. All ballots must be received by county clerks by 7:00PM on Tuesday, November 6th. You can find your nearest dropbox or Voter Service and Polling Center here. If you are planning to mail your ballot back, you should get it to the post office no later than October 29, 2018.


Things to know if you are voting in person!

1. Bring one of the forms of ID listed on this page to vote in person. You might also want to bring other IDs if you have them.

2. If poll workers question your identity or eligibility to vote, show them any other ID you have and the “Information for Poll Workers and Election Officials” section of this document from the National Center for Transgender Equality.

3. If you are still not allowed to vote, look for a volunteer attorney at the polling place who may be there assisting voters who are being told they cannot vote. If no one is around, call Colorado’s Voter Protection Hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) for help.

4. If you are still not allowed to vote on a regular ballot, request a provisional ballot. If you are forced to use a provisional ballot, ask for follow-up instructions, as you generally must return to election officials within a few days to prove your identity in order for your ballot to be counted. If you cast a provisional ballot, call Colorado’s Election Protection Hotline at 866-OURVOTE (866-687-8683), which can help you make sure your ballot is counted.

*Just Vote! Colorado Election Protection is a non-partisan voter assistance program and is not affiliated with or promoting any party, candidate or ballot issue. Just Vote is not affiliated with or responsible for the content of this piece.

**Some of the information on this page comes from the National Center for Transgender Equality’s Transform the Vote page.