VRM in the States: Colorado

Colorado currently has the Online Registration, Electronic Registration at DMVs, Election Day Registration and Portability components of Voter Registration Modernization in place. Colorado also has electronic pollbooks in at least one county.

January 30, 2017

Advances in Voter Registration Modernization

  • Electronic Voter Registration: Colorado launched electronic voter registration at DMV offices in 2016. Information is electronically transferred from DMV offices to election officials.
  • Online Voter Registration: Colorado launched online voter registration through the Secretary of State’s office in 2010. Eligible citizens with a state driver’s license or non-driver ID can use the system to register to vote and update their registration information.
  • Election Day Registration: Colorado implemented Election Day registration in 2013. Coloradans vote primarily by mail, but individuals may register and vote in person at any Voter Service and Polling Center in their county during the early voting period and on Election Day.
  • Portability: Registered voters who move within the state without updating their registration can, on Election Day, fill out a change of address form at a Voter Service and Polling Center and cast a regular ballot.
  • Electronic Pollbooks: Colorado employs electronic pollbooks statewide.

Gains from Voter Registration Modernization in Colorado

The steps Colorado has taken thus far have yielded increases in voter registration and financial benefits for the state. For example:  

  • During a September 2013 interview with Brennan Center staff, Colorado election officials described that processing online registration applications costs one-quarter of what it costs to process paper applications. The state also reported a reduced need to hire temporary workers for application processing prior to elections.
  • Colorado implemented their online voter registration system at a cost of less than $30,000.
  • Between November 2012 and November 2014, 10.3% of all new voter registration applications were received online.