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Election Information

Election Information

The 2016 Special Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, November 8.

General Information

Ballot Information and Issues

The 2016 ballot will be certified in late August or early September.

As of May 6, two initiative petitions have been approved for circulation. You will find their reports and contact information in the upper right hand corner under Committee Filings.

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Election Dates and Deadlines

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

Running for City Council

The next City Council election will be held on November 7, 2017.  The nomination petition period will run from August 8-29, 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 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 Signing

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 summaries of contributions and expenditures for all committees.

Issue, Candidate, and Unofficial Candidate Committees

There are only ISSUE COMMITTEES in the 2016 election.

Review the 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.

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

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 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 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 303-441-4222. To report sign code violations, call Code Enforcement at 303-441-3333.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is election day?

Special Municipal Elections are held on even numbered years if there are any referred measures or citizen initiatives.  The Special Municipal Election for 2016 would be coordinated with Boulder County and held on Tuesday, November 8.

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.

What will be on the ballot?

This area will be updated as items are certified for the November 8, 2016 ballot. 

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 303-441-4222.

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