The next election is Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. There will be six city council seats up for election; ballot issues have yet to be determined.
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.
- A U.S. citizen who is a registered voter residing within the city limits of the City of Boulder
- Will be at least 21 years of age on election day
- Has resided within the city limits of the City of Boulder for at least one year immediately prior to election day
- 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 are posted in the upper right corner of this page.
- 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. If you wish to have a signing party, where all twenty-five 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 Elections Administrator Dianne Marshall at 303-441-3079 to make your reservation.
- The 2019 nomination petition period begins Tuesday, Aug. 6 and runs through Monday, Aug. 26; petition signers come to the City Clerk’s Office. By signing a petition, you are affirming that you are (1) a registered elector within the City of Boulder, (2) provide your name, residential address and (3) sign no more than six petitions.
- Training for candidates and treasurers for all committee types will be held on Aug. 15 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, Canyon Conference Room, 1777 Broadway.
An individual who spends in excess of $200 to either support/oppose or electioneering regarding a candidate(s) to city council or in excess of $1,000 to support/oppose a ballot measure(s) must file reports with the City Clerk following the timetable in the BRC 13-2-6 (c) (4) Independent Expenditures. This includes appropriate disclosure on election material as found in BRC 13-2-5 Disclosure Requirements.
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.
For more information, contact the elections administrator at [email protected]. To report election sign code violations, call Code Enforcement at 303-441-1875.
Ballot Issue and Measure Petitions
The following documents provide guidance on how ballot issues and measures can be put before voters in Boulder:
- Cover Sheet for All Petitions
- Municipal Initiative Petition Guidelines
- Municipal Initiative Petition Form
- Charter Amendment Petition Guidelines
- Charter Amendment Petition Form
Frequently Asked Questions
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).
Contact the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder's Office at 1750 33rd St., Suite 200, by calling 303-413-7740.
Visit Boulder County Elections.
Contact the Elections Administrator Dianne Marshall at [email protected] or call 303-441-3079.