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Election Information

Election Information

General Information

2018 Potential Ballot Items

Below is the list of potential ballot items that Council is considering for the November ballot.  The ballot will be finalized at the September 4 City Council meeting.  For detailed information on the ordinances, see the August 14 City Council agenda packet for items 2-8 and the August 21 City Council agenda packet (available late Thursday, August 16) for item 1.  

  1. Ordinance No. 8264 Oil and Gas Pollution Tax (TABOR)
  2. Ordinance No. 8267 Revenues from Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Excise Tax (TABOR)
  3. Ordinance No. 8269 Increase Housing Advisory Board members from five to seven members
  4. Ordinance No. 8271 New boards/commissions Council may establish for five to seven members
  5. Ordinance No. 8270 Time for Planning Department to Submit Public Improvement Recommendations
  6. Ordinance No. 8272 Initiative timelines and number of signatures needed
  7. Ordinance No. 8273 Require City Clerk to compare signatures
  8. Ordinance No. 8274 Allow for electronic signing of petitions and online petitioning

2018 Initiative Petition Information and Forms

Past Elections

Campaign Information

Filings and Reports

View Committee Filings for required filings and financial disclosures for individual issue, candidate and unofficial candidate committees.

Access Election Reports for summaries of contributions and expenditures for all committees.

View Nomination Petitions and Financial Disclosures for Candidates for City Council.  

  • Click "Browse Election Records"
  • Click 2017
  • Click the Candidates folder
  • Click "Certified"
  • Select "Candidate"

Issue, Candidate and Unofficial Candidate Committees

Issue Committee

Two or more natural persons who collaborate together, or any corporation, partnership, commission, association, or any other organization or group of persons, that accepts contributions or makes expenditures for the purpose of opposing or supporting a ballot proposition at a city election, regardless of whether it has obtained the consent of the sponsors of the ballot proposition.  To establish an issue committee, send an email to [email protected] with the name of the committee, type of committee and email it will be using.  We will set up a user name and password for you to access the election system to file reports.

Candidate Committee

A person, including the candidate for City Council, or persons with the common purpose of receiving contributions or making expenditures under the authority of a candidate.

Unofficial Candidate Committee

Two or more natural persons who collaborate together, or any corporation, partnership, commission, association, or any other organization or group of persons, that accepts contributions or makes expenditures for the purpose of expressly advocating the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate for City Council. An unofficial candidate committee ceases to be independent if its expenditures are in any way, directly or indirectly, controlled by, coordinated with, or made upon consultation with any candidate or candidate committee or agent thereof.   To establish an unofficial candidate committee, send an email to [email protected] with the name of the committee, type of committee and email it will be using.  We will set up a user name and password for you to access the election system to file reports.

Matching Funds

For qualified candidates that are interested, the City of Boulder will match funds raised by candidate committees to help with their campaigns.  Requirements and further details can be found in the Candidate Guidelines.

Restrictions During Campaigns

Restrictions on Contributions in Another's Name

Potential contributors are prohibited from making a contribution in someone else's name. Candidates and committees are prohibited from knowingly accepting a contribution from one person in the name of another person ( BRC 13-3-4 ).

Restrictions on Increased Fees for Municipal Election Advertising

City code states that candidates and committees cannot be charged more for space in newspapers or magazines to be used in connection with a municipal election, than would be charged for the comparable use of the space for other purposes (BRC 13-2-2) .

Restrictions on Representation of Campaign Authority

Candidates, political committees and their agents are prohibited from making any fraudulent misrepresentations or acting for or on behalf of another candidate or committee on a matter that is damaging to the other candidate or committee. Knowingly participating in or conspiring in a plan to do so also is prohibited (BRC 13-3-6)

Violations and Complaints

Any registered elector of the City of Boulder who believes there has been a violation of the Campaign Finance Reform Initiative may file a written complaint with this form doc and send it to the City Clerk's Office. The completed form must identify the perceived violation of the Boulder Revised Code (BRC). The City Clerk's Office will respond to the person filing the complaint within 10 days.

For more information, contact the campaign finance administrator at [email protected] or call the City Clerk’s Office at 303-441-4222. To report election sign code violations, call Code Enforcement at 303-441-1875 or use Inquire Boulder  (found on the city's home page).

Frequently Asked Questions

When is election day?

General municipal elections are held on odd numbered years and include any ballot issues and the election of new council members.  Special municipal elections are held on even numbered years if there are any ballot issues.

The City of Boulder will coordinate this year's election with Boulder County on Nov. 6, 2018 (the first Tuesday in November).

Where is my polling place?

How do I register to vote, update my registration or get an absentee ballot?

Contact the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder's Office at 1750 33rd St., Suite 200, by calling 303-413-7740. If you have a Colorado driver's license or ID card issued by the Department of Revenue, you may update your voter registration and request a mail-in ballot online at www.govotecolorado.com.

Where can I find election results?

Who do I contact for other election questions?

Contact the Campaign Finance Administrator Dianne Marshall at [email protected] or call 303-441-3079.

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