Make voter registration a priority

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Don’t come up three words shy in family life is good tip to live by.

In the civic arena of the early election season, we say don’t be four words short.

Be able to stand up and say, “I registered to vote.”

Even though matters of hydraulic fracking have gone the way of a task force instead of ballot questions, plenty of other heady issues and candidate choices will be in play Nov. 4.

The general election will be conducted with mail ballots expected to land in mailboxes by the second week of October. Those who voted in the primary are generally confident of their registrations and simply await their ballots. But those not in the thrust of Republican and Democrat party primary activities may want to take a few seconds to double check their registration status at respective county websites.

Not to cause worry, but it really only takes a moment to check a voter registration through links on county websites — and to newly register is an easy process as well.

Something good to know is that registered voters remain registered in perpetuity by state law. Registrations are removed only when a mail ballot comes back as undeliverable for two election cycles. So a long as voters keep address information up to date and accurate, the ballots keep coming.

Those who register before the eighth day before the election at www.govotecolorado.com will automatically receive a mail ballot. After the eighth day, those wanting to register must visit one of the Voter Service and Polling Centers in their respective counties. Applications received through voter registration drives must be received 22 days before the election. And ultimately, in Colorado citizens may register Election Day in-person at a county voter service and polling center.

And who can vote?

The basics: A voter must be 18, a United States citizen, have resided in Colorado for 22 days before the election and not serving certain types of criminal sentences.

So come November don’t be even two words shy.

Let’s all be wearing “I voted” stickers.