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Election Information

Election Information

The 2015 general election is Tuesday, Nov. 3. Five seats on City Council and a variety of issues will appear on the ballot. More information about the ballot will be posted here once it has been certified.

General Information

Election Dates and Deadlines

Aug. 4, 2015 - First day to visit the City Clerk's Office and pull a petition to run for City Council.

Aug. 24, 2015 - Last day to visit the City Clerk's Office and pull a petition to run for City Council. Signature deadline for candidate certification.

Aug. 28, 2015 - Last day for a candidate to withdraw a petition that has been properly completed and certified.

Sept. 10, 2015 - General Question and Answer Session for Candidates and Committees at the Municipal Building, 1777 Broadway St., from 5:30-7 p.m.

Sept. 18, 2015 - Deadline for pro/con statements pdf regarding ballot issues

Oct. 12, 2015 - Ballots begin being mailed to all active voters at the address at which they are registered to vote.

Nov. 3, 2015 - General election.

Note: Review the Candidate Guidelines pdf and Committee Guidelines pdf for due dates for filing requirements.

Ballot Information and Issues

The nominated candidates for the five available seats on City Council and a list of issues will appear here after the ballot has been certified on Sept. 1.

Running for City Council

City Council elections are held on the first Tuesday in November of odd numbered years. During the designated time period in August, those interested in running for office must visit the City Clerk's Office, 1777 Broadway St., to pull a petition and fill out an information form. The campaign finance reform administrator will prepare the petition and administer an oath. Prospective candidates will then need to secure at least 25, but no more than 35, signatures of registered voters who reside within the city limits to become certified. The petition remains in the City Clerk's possession the entire time.

Qualifications

To run for City Council, candidates must be U.S. citizens, 21 years of age or older and a Boulder resident for at least one year immediately prior to seeking office.

Petition Signers

By signing a petition, you must affirm you are a registered elector in the City of Boulder and provide your name and address. Electors are not permitted to sign more than five petitions.

Signing Parties

If you wish to have a signing party, where all 25 people who will be signing your petition come in at once, you will need to make an advance reservation so that an area can be reserved and staff is available. Call the City Clerk’s Office at 720-564-2175 to make your reservation.

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 a list of all City Council candidates; summaries of contributions and expenditures for all committees; and to download financial disclosures in an Excel document.

Issue, Candidate and Unofficial Candidate Committees

Review the Candidate Guidelines pdf and Committee Guidelines pdf for detailed information about these groups, including regulations and filing requirements.

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.

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.

Restrictions During Campaigns

The Committee Guidelines pdf contain information regarding restricted and prohibited activities during elections. Visit Campaign Finance Reform Initiative or read Employee Participation in Elections pdf for additional information.

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 Contributions by City Contractors

Anyone who is negotiating with the City of Boulder or is under contract with the city to provide personal services, materials, supplies, equipment or for selling land or a building to the city is prohibited from making a contribution to a candidate, committee or to any person for any political purpose or use in a city election if the payment for the services, supplies, etc. is even partially appropriated by City Council. Contractors also are prohibited from promising to make such a contribution or to knowingly solicit such a contribution for someone else (BRC 13-3-3).

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).

Independent Expenditures in Excess of $200

An individual who spends in excess of $200 to either support or oppose a candidate(s) to city council must file reports with the City Clerk following the timetable in BRC 13-2-10. This includes appropriate disclosure that includes the name of the person financing the election material as found in BRC 13-2-13.

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 pdf 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 CFRAdmin@bouldercolorado.gov or call the City Clerk’s Office at 720-564-7125. To report sign code violations, call Code Enforcement at 303-441-3333.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is election day?

The City of Boulder conducts its general elections on the first Tuesday in November of odd numbered years. Election day is Nov. 3 in 2015.

What will be on the ballot?

The nominated candidates for the five available seats on City Council and a list of issues will appear here after the ballot has been certified on Sept. 1.

Where is my polling place?

How do I register to vote or update my registration?

Register to vote in person at the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder's Office at 1750 33rd St., Suite 200; contact the office at 303-413-7740. Visit www.govotecolorado.com to register online or update your voter registration.

How do I 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 at CFRAdmin@bouldercolorado.gov or call the City Clerk’s Office at 720-564-7125.

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