Privacy of Voter Data
What's Public? What's Private?
Summit County and the State of Colorado are required by law to maintain a voter registration information. Some of this information is considered public record and must be provided to people who ask for it under the law. Voter registration records are public records, although some personal information contained in voter registration records remains private and cannot be disclosed by the Clerk & Recorder.
Information that is public includes:
- full name
- residential address
- party affiliation
- date of affiliation
- phone number (if provided by the voter)
- birth year
- information about whether the voter has voted in prior elections.
Information that is private includes:
- drivers license number
- full date of birth
- email address
- social security number
How to Keep Your Phone Number Private
Even if you are listed on the National Do Not Call List, political calls to voters are permitted under Colorado law. This includes telephone solicitations that are:
- Made for the sole purpose of urging support for or opposition to a political candidate or ballot issue; or
- Made for the sole purpose of conducting political polls or soliciting the expression of opinions, ideas, or votes.
Contact the Summit County Clerk & Recorder's Elections Division to request that your phone number be removed from your voter registration record, but this provides no guarantee that your phone number will not be obtained from other sources. For example, this will remove your phone number from future voter lists, but will not remove it it from past lists released or from the phone directory.
To reduce the number of political calls, we urge you to return your ballot as early as possible before Election Day. As soon as you return your voted ballot, campaigns and parties will see your name on our public turnout list, and can remove you from their campaign and ‘get out the vote’ lists.
How to Request Confidentiality
If you believe that you or a member of your household will be exposed to criminal harassment or bodily harm because your voter information is publicly available, you may request to become a confidential voter (C.R.S. 24-72-204(3.5)(b)). By becoming a confidential voter, your voter record is protected by law, and can never be shared with a third-party or released to the public.
To become a confidential voter, you must visit the Summit County Clerk & Recorder in person, fill out a voter confidentiality form, and pay $5 for the statutorily required processing fee. This will remove your information from future lists, but will not remove it it from past editions already released.
Survivors of domestic violence, sexual offenses or stalking may also enroll in Colorado’s Address Confidentiality Program (C.R.S. 24-30-2101 - 2115). Voters who are part of this program will not have any of their voter information released to the public.
What To Expect as a Confidential Voter
As a confidential voter, you will not be able to search for or find your voting record using any online tools sponsored by Arapahoe County or the Secretary of State. As a confidential voter:
- You will not be able to use Colorado BallotTrax to track your mail ballot.
- You will not be able to view or update your voter registration online at www.GoVoteColorado.gov
- You must use a paper form to make any changes to your voter registration.
- Our Elections staff will never confirm the address at which you are registered to vote when asked over the phone, email or fax. In order to confirm this information, you must appear in-person and present acceptable identification.