New Colorado residents who don't have a driver's license can still register to vote

Posted at 3:44 PM, Sep 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-30 19:38:26-04

DENVER -- As more people continue moving to Colorado, it has left many questioning how they can register to vote in order to participate in the presidential election. Especially, if they can't get a timely appointment to obtain a Colorado driver's license.

"I was very concerned. How am I going to get this done if there’s no walk-ins, no appointments?" said Gena Anderson, who recently moved to Colorado from Arizona.

It’s the same question many people have had in regard to getting a coveted appointment at the DMV in order to get a driver’s license.

"You just keep scrolling until you find a green date, and once you find the green date then there’s a time available to schedule," said Anderson.

As of today in Denver, you won’t find an opening until the end of December. Not good news if you wan to vote in this election -- or is it?

"The short answer is: yes, you can still register to vote, and there’s a few ways you can do that," said spokesperson for the Denver County Clerk & Recorder Office, Alton Dillard.

Dillard says people who recently moved to Colorado actually don’t need a driver’s license at all in order to register to vote.

"You can provide the last four digits of your Social Security number. You’d have to submit a form and get it to your respective clerk and recorder," said Dillard.

That form can be found on the Colorado’s secretary of state site and then can be mailed, delivered or emailed to your county clerk and recorder.

The news was a huge relief for Anderson, who felt she had run out of options.

"Actually, in the back of my head I was even thinking, 'oh my gosh, maybe I should drive to Arizona, because I’m still a resident there.' I absolutely feel it’s my civic duty to be able to vote, and if I’m not able to do so in Colorado then how can I arrange my schedule to figure things out to vote in my home state," said Anderson.