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2015 Election Information

2015 Election Information

Welcome to the November 2015 Election Web Site.

Petition Period
The nomination process is the first step in becoming a candidate for city council.  To "pull a petition" you come to the Office of the City Clerk and fill out an information form beginning Tuesday, August 4, and ending Monday, August 24.  The CFR Administrator will prepare the petition and you will be given an oath.  After that people may begin signing your petition.  You will need at least twenty-five, but no more than thirty-five, qualified signatures to become certified.  The petition remains in the City Clerk's possession the entire time.

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 City Clerk’s Staff at 720-564-2175, to make your reservation.

Qualifications for Candidates
Qualifications include (1) citizen of the USA (2) twenty-one years or older (3) have resided in the City of Boulder for one year immediately prior to the date

Petition Signers
By signing a petition, you are affirming that you are (1) a registered elector within the City of Boulder (2) provide your name and address and (3) sign no more than five petitions.

Training Sessions for Candidates and Committee Treasurers Held at the Municipal Building in the Lobby from 5:30-7:00 pm

Thursday, August 13 - Financial reporting training for all types of committees

Thursday, September 10 - General Question and Answer Session for all types of committees

Independent Expenditures in Excess of $200
An individual who spends in excess of $200 to either support or oppose a candidate(s) to city council must file reports with the City Clerk following the timetable in the BRC 13-2-10 Independent Expenditures. This includes appropriate disclosure that includes the name of the person financing the election material as found in BRC 13-2-13 Election Materials and Advertising Supporting or Opposing Candidate to Contain Sponsor's Name.

For more information, please the City Cler’s Staff at 720-564-2175 or by email at


Complaints or Violations

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 (on Form 13-4-2) and send it to the City Clerk's Office. The completed form must identify the perceived violation of the Boulder Revised Code (B.R.C.). The City Clerk's Office will respond to the person filing the complaint within 10 days.

For more information, please contact Assistant City Clerk Heidi Leatherwood at or at 303-441-3019.

The Committee Guidelines pdf contain information regarding restricted and prohibited activities during elections.

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 (B.R.C. 13-3-4).

Restrictions on Contributions by City Contractors
Anyone who is negotiating with the City of Boulder or is under contract with the city to provide personal services, materials, supplies, equipment or for selling land or a building to the city is prohibited from making a contribution to a candidate, committee or to any person for any political purpose or use in a city election if the payment for the services, supplies, etc. is even partially appropriated by City Council. Contractors also are prohibited from promising to make such a contribution or to knowingly solicit such a contribution for someone else (B.R.C. 13-3-3).

For more information, contact the City Clerk's Office/Elections at or 720-564-2175.

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

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