1-2-205. Self-affirmation made by elector
Overview of Statute
An affirmation verifying knowledge of relevant regulations and accuracy of provided information must be included on voter registration forms, which registrants must sign upon completing the form. This provision provides the information that must be included in the affirmation. Falsifying any information can result in potential criminal liability.
(1) The registration record to be signed by the elector shall bear the following statement:
WARNING: IT IS A CLASS 1 MISDEMEANOR:
To swear or affirm falsely as to your qualifications to register to vote.
(2) Each elector making application for registration or preregistration shall make the following self-affirmation: “I, …., affirm that I am a citizen of the United States; I have been a resident of Colorado for at least twenty-two days immediately before an election I intend to vote in; I am at least sixteen years old; and I understand that I must be at least seventeen and turning eighteen on or before the date of the next general election to be eligible to vote in a primary election, and at least eighteen to be eligible to vote in any other election. I further affirm that the residence address I provided is my sole legal place of residence. I certify under penalty of perjury that the information I have provided on this application is true to the best of my knowledge and belief; and that I have not, nor will I, cast more than one ballot in any election.”.
(3) (Deleted by amendment, L. 94, p. 1754, § 10, effective January 1, 1995.)
(4) The elector shall sign the registration record as evidence of the affirmation made by the elector.
(5)This section does not apply to a person registered in accordance with section 1-2-213.3 or 1-2-502.5.
Source: L. 92: Entire article R&RE, p. 643, § 2, effective January 1, 1993.L. 94: (2), (3), and (4) amended, p. 1754, § 10, effective January 1, 1995.L. 2013: (1) and (2) amended, (HB 13-1303), ch. 185, p. 691, § 12, effective May 10; (2) amended,(HB 13-1135), ch. 184, p. 678, § 3, effective August 7; (2) amended, (HB 13-1303), ch. 185, p. 691, § 12, effective August 7.L. 2014: (2) amended, (SB 14-161), ch. 160, p. 557, § 5, effective May 9; (SB 18-150), effective July 1, 2019.L. 2019: (2) amended and (5) added, (SB 19-235), ch. 329, p. 3056, § 9, effective August 2; (2) amended, (HB 19-1278), ch. 326, p. 3007, § 7, effective August 2.
Cross references: (1) For procuring false registration, see § 1-13-203.
(2) In 2013, subsections (1) and (2) were amended by the “Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act”. For the short title and the legislative declaration, see sections 1 and 2 of chapter 185, Session Laws of Colorado 2013.
- Registration Requirements
- Voter Registration
1. Definition for United States
Used in the territorial sense, means the several states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, and any territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. C.R.S. § 1-8.3-102.
2. Definition for State
A state of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, or any territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. C.R.S. § 1-8.3-102.
3. Definition for Title
A brief statement that fairly and accurately represents the true intent and meaning of the proposed text of the initiative.
4. Definition for Ballot
(a) A federal write-in absentee ballot;
(b) A ballot specifically prepared or distributed for use by a covered voter in accordance with this article; or
(c) A ballot cast by a covered voter in accordance with this article.
(2) “Covered voter” means:
(a) A uniformed-service voter defined in paragraph (a) of subsection (9) of this section who is a resident of this state but who is absent from this state by reason of active duty and who otherwise satisfies this state’s voter eligibility requirements;
(b) An overseas voter who, before leaving the United States, was last eligible to vote in this state and, except for a state residency requirement, otherwise satisfies this state’s voter eligibility requirements;
(c) An overseas voter who, before leaving the United States, would have been last eligible to vote in this state had the voter then been of voting age and, except for a state residency requirement, otherwise satisfies this state’s voter eligibility requirements; or
(d) An overseas voter who was born outside the United States, is not described in paragraph (b) or (c) of this subsection (2), and, except for a state residency requirement, otherwise satisfies this state’s voter eligibility requirements if the last place where a parent, legal guardian, spouse, or civil union partner of the voter was, or under this article would have been, eligible to vote before leaving the United States is within this state.
C.R.S. § 1-8.3-102.
5. Definition for Person
Any natural person, partnership, committee, association, corporation, labor organization, political party, or other organization or group of persons. Section 2(11) of article XXVIII of the state constitution.
6. Definition for Section
A bound compilation of initiative forms approved by the secretary of state, which shall include pages that contain the warning required by section 1-40-110 (1), the ballot title, the abstract required by section 1-40-110 (3), and a copy of the proposed measure; succeeding pages that contain the warning, the ballot title, and ruled lines numbered consecutively for registered electors’ signatures; and a final page that contains the affidavit required by section 1-40-111 (2). Each section shall be consecutively prenumbered by the petitioner prior to circulation.
7. Definition for Election
Any election under the “Uniform Election Code of 1992” or the “Colorado Municipal Election Code of 1965”, article 10 of title 31, C.R.S. C.R.S. § 1-7.5-103.