Early voting opens today: Know your rights and responsibilities

Colorado kicks off two-weeks of early voting today with elections officials strongly encouraging residents to take advantage of anticipated shorter lines and, hopefully, less confusion than what is expected on Nov. 4.

But unless you’ve got elections expert Sen. Ken Gordon as your wingman going into the polls, what’s a voter to do?

The Colorado Independent has compiled a list of sources for voters to help ensure your civil rights and civic responsibilities are met:

Confirm your voter registration status with the Secretary of State’s online database.

Download a copy of the Colorado 2008 Blue Book and then check out our continuing coverage of campaigns and ballot measures.

Find your voting location via Google Maps:

What type of ID will you need at the polls to cast a ballot?

There’s still time to request an absentee or mail-in ballot.

The ACLU explains your voting rights.

Special information for voters with felony convictions.

Special information for student voters.

Special information for military voters who are stationed overseas.

Are you a lawyer, paralegal or law student interested in being an Election Protection legal adviser for disenfranchised voters? The National Campaign for Fair Elections needs you.

Have a problem casting your ballot? Contact 1-866-OUR-VOTE or report election problems on the Web.

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