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11/04/2010 11:20 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

It's Easier to Vote in Colorado Than to Get a Denver Library Card (VIDEO)

Colorado is among the states that doesn't require a picture I.D. to vote. So I took my apartment utility bill to my voting location in Denver today and was able to cast my ballot. Then I took the same utility bill to the Denver Public Library and tried to get a library card. No dice.

See my adventures and commentary in the video above, by Amanda Teresi of Liberty on the Rocks.

At least eight states (Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, and South Dakota) do "require or request" a picture identification to vote, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCLS).

But Colorado isn't one of them. Once you're registered (which has different criteria) you can get your ballot at your polling location in Colorado with any of the following, according to the Colorado Secretary of State's Office:

(a) A valid Colorado driver's license;

(b) A valid identification card issued by the Department of Revenue in accordance with the requirements of Part 3 of Article 2 of Title 42, C.R.S.;

(c) A valid U.S. passport;

(d) A valid employee identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the United States government or of this state, or by any county, municipality, board, authority, or other political subdivision of this state;

(e) A valid pilot's license issued by the federal aviation administration or other authorized agency of the United States;

(f) A valid U.S. military identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector;

(g) A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the elector. For example:

(I) A cable bill or telephone bill,

(II) Documentation from a public institution of higher education in Colorado containing at least the name, date of birth, and legal residence address of the student elector,

(III) A paycheck from a government institution or private company,

(IV) A Certificate of Degree of Indian or Alaskan Native Blood, or

(v) A valid identification card issued by a federally recognized tribal government certifying tribal membership.

(h) A valid Medicare or Medicaid card issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (formerly the United States Health Care Financing Administration);

(i) A certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate for the elector issued in the United States;

(j) Certified documentation of naturalization; or

(k) A valid student identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector issued by an institute of higher education in Colorado, as defined in section 23-3.1-102(5), C.R.S.

Section 1-1-104(19.5), C.R.S.; Colorado Secretary of State Election Rule 30.1.6.