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Election Information

Election Information

The next election is Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. Ballot issues have yet to be determined, but there will be six City Council seats up for election.

Ballot Issue and Measure Petitions

The following documents provide guidance on how ballot issues and measures can be put before voters in Boulder:

Running for City Council

Open Council Seats

There will be six 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

Process for Running for Council

  • Council members are elected at large and elections are non-partisan. 
  • The election guidelines will be available soon. View the New 2019 Election Code pdf for information.
  • The 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.
  • Council 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, 1777 Broadway, at all times.
  • The 2019 nomination petition period runs Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 6 to 26, and petition signers come to the City Clerk’s Office.
  • Training for candidates and treasurers for all committee types will be held on July 10 and Aug. 15 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, Canyon Conference Room, 1777 Broadway.

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. 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]. To report election sign code violations, call Code Enforcement at 303-441-1875.

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

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.

Who can I find past election results and documents?