The 2017 General Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 7.
This section will be updated in late August/early September with any ballot measurers placed on the Nov. 7 ballot.
TABOR Pro/CON Notice Requirements
The deadline for PRO/CON statements is by 5 p.m. on Friday, September 22 . Signed statements may be scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, you may bring a legible, hard copy to the City Clerk's Office, 1777 Broadway, or mail to the City Clerk's Office, PO Box 791, 80306 (must be received by September 22).
Any registered elector in the City of Boulder may submit pro or con statements regarding any taxing or bonding-related ballot measure. The information that is received will then be summarized and included in the TABOR Notice that is sent to voters prior to the election.
Requirements: (1) should not mention names of persons or private groups, (2) may not include any endorsements of or resolutions against any ballot measure, (3) MUST be signed by a registered voter who resides within the city limits, and (4) limited to 500 words.
Please be aware that your statement is unlikely to be reprinted in its entirety. It is the responsibility of the city clerk to summarize comments received so that each issue has no more than 500 words in the pro statement and no more than 500 words in the con statement.
The next City Council election where council candidates will be running will be held on November 7, 2017. The nomination petition period will run from August 8-28, 2017.
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 nomination petition. The campaign finance reform administrator will prepare the petition and administer an oath. To become certified, 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. The petition remains in the City Clerk's possession the entire time.
To run for City Council, candidates must be a U.S. citizen, 21 years of age or older and a Boulder resident for at least one year immediately prior to seeking office. In November 2016, the voters passed term limits that limit a council member to serving no more than three terms.
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.
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 303-441-4222 to make your reservation.
Reports will be available beginning in mid-August.
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.
Committee Guidelines are being updated and will be available in May. They contain detailed information about these groups, including regulations and filing requirements.
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.
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.
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.
The guidelines will contain information regarding restricted and prohibited activities during elections. Visit Campaign Finance Reform Initiative or read Employee Participation in Elections 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 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 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 303-441-4222. To report sign code violations, call Code Enforcement at 303-441-3333.
Frequently Asked Questions
Special Municipal Elections are held on even numbered years if there are any referred measures or citizen initiatives.
The City of Boulder coordinates its general elections with Boulder County on the first Tuesday in November of odd numbered years. The next general election is November 7, 2017.
This area will be updated in late August/early September as items are certified for the November 7, 2017 ballot.
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.
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.
Visit Boulder County Elections.
Contact the campaign finance administrator at CFRAdmin@bouldercolorado.gov or call the City Clerk’s Office at 303-441-4222.