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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.

Statute

(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 shall make the following self-affirmation: “I, …., affirm that I am a citizen of the United States; I have been a resident of the state of Colorado for at least twenty-two days immediately prior to an election in which I intend to vote; and I am at least sixteen years old and understand that I must be eighteen years old to be eligible to vote. I further affirm that my present address as stated herein is my sole legal place of residence, that I claim no other place as my legal residence, and that I understand that I am committing a felony if I knowingly give false information regarding my place of present residence. I certify under penalty of perjury that I meet the registration qualifications; 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.

 

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.

 

Editor’s note: This section is similar to former § 1-2-204 as it existed prior to 1992.

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.
Definition [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.

Definition [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.

Definition [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.

Definition [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.