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Election Information

Election Information

Friday, Jan. 4, 2019

The City Manager announced that effective today Council Member Jill Grano has accepted a position as Director of Community Affairs for U.S.Congressman Joe Neguse.  Her vacated seat will be filled at the next council election to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019.

Please join us for a discussion of the changes to the election code.  Meetings will be held on Thursday, April 25, and Monday, May 13, from 6-8 p.m. at the Municipal Building in the Broadway Conference Room, 1777 Broadway.  

New 2019 Election Code pdf

Election guidelines will be available mid-May.

Training for canidates and treasurers for all committee types will be held on July 10 and August 15 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, Canyon Conference Room, 1777 Broadway.


Certifying Process for City Council Candidates for the Nov. 5, 2019 Ballot
 

  • Our council members are elected at large and elections are non-partisan. 
  • The election guidelines will be available mid-May.  T
  • he City has a “matching funds” program available to candidates who qualify. 
  • Council is paid $229.66 per meeting for a maximum of 52 meetings a year and this amount receives an annual escalation based on the CPI for the Denver-Boulder-Greeley area.
  • Nomination petitions require at least 25 signatures, but no more than 35 signatures, of registered voters who reside within the city limits of the City of Boulder.
  • The nomination petition is retained in the City Clerk’s Office at all times.
  • The 2019 nomination petition period runs M-F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., from Tuesday, August 6, through Monday, August 26, and petition signers come to the City Clerk’s Office.

Council Seats for November 2019 Election

There will be six (6) seats open for the November 2019 election.  The top four vote winners will receive four-year terms and fifth voter winner will receive a two-year term and sixth voter winner will fulfill a vacancy for a two-year term.  Council then selects the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem from among its members.

Candidate Requirements

  1. A U.S. citizen who is a registered voter residing within the city limits of the City of Boulder
  2. Will be at least 21 years of age on election day
  3. Has resided within the city limits of the City of Boulder for at least one year immediately prior to election day
  4. Has served no more than three terms as a council member

Candidate Committees

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.

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.

Issue and Unofficial Candidate Committees

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

2019 Initiative Petition Information and Forms


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. 5, 2019  (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.

General Information
2019 Initiative Petition Information and Forms