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PDFDRAFT 2014 FAQ now available!

PDFDOLA Election Results Filing Requirements

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  • Absentee ballots are not required to have the removable flap over the signature. 

Program Contact

Joseph McConnell

I have a new phone number:
303-864-7739: Desk
303-864-7720: Main

Division of Local Government

1313 Sherman Street, Room 521

Denver, Colorado 80203

 LinkE-File Link

 PDF  November 2014 Election Calendar

PDF   2014 Election Law HB14-1164

 PDF 2014 Recall Election Changes

PDF2013 Election Law - HB13-1303

Join DOLA for Election Training in January 2014 for more information.



DEO101 Content:

Class 1: January 21st at 10am; or January 23rd at 2pm
This class will cover the basic concepts of special district elections and the election calendar

 Slideshow for PDF Class #1 (no video available)

Class 2: January 28th at 10am; or Janary 30th at 2pm
We will discuss resources available from DOLA and others, the Call for Nominations, and the e-filing portal

 Slideshow for PDFClass #2

Video for videoIMG  Class #2

Class 3: February 11th at 10 am; or February 13th at 2pm
Legislative update (includes HB1303) & polling place elections/absentee voting

Slideshow for PDFClass #3

Video for videoIMG Class #3

Class 4: February 18th at 10 am; or February 20th at 2pm
Understanding TABOR, and mail ballot election procedures

Slideshows PDFfor Class #4

Video for videoIMG Class #4

Class 5: February 25th at 10am; or February 27th at 2pm
Candidates, Cancellation, Campain & Political Finance.

Slideshows PDF for Class #5

Video videoIMGfor Class #5 

Class 6: March 11th at 10 am; or March 13 at 2pm
Preparing for election day and after the election

Slideshow PDFfor Class #6

Video videoIMGfor Class #6

Class 7(?): Will either have a quick webinar check-in Q&A on April 9 (tentative).


2014 Regular Election Date: May 6

Self-nomination Deadline: February 28, 2014

Write-in Deadline: March 3, 2014



2014 Election Manual*

***HB1164 now available 
Link Link to 2014 FORMS page


12/2013 - Frequently Asked Questions (58 pages) revised 12/4/13

12/2013 - C.R.S. Title 32, Article 1, Definitions, Parts 8 & 9 (25 pages)                    

PDF 12/2013 - C.R.S. Title 1, Articles 1-13 - Elections Generally (589 pages)                 
PDF 12/2013 - C.R.S. Title 1, Article 45 - Campaign & Political Finance (51 pages)      
PDF 12/2013 - Article X, Section 20 - TABOR (17 pages)                                                      
PDF 2014 Legislative Update                                                                                              

Other Information & Links


Elections Quick Reference Guide revised 12/5/13
Link Secretary of State Rules and Rule Making
PDF SOS Election Rules as of 11/14/2013 (135 pages)
PDF SOS Campaign Finanace Rules as of 11/30/2012 (41 pages)


Mail Ballot Quick Reference Guide  (from Secretary of State) Revised 2/7/2012
Colorado Revised Statutes - Michies Legal Resources
PDF Term Limits: AG Opinion 2005-4 (SDA Article)
PDF Term Limits: AG Opinion 2000-2

Election Official's Mailing Resources












The local government services section provides technical assistance in the area of Title 32, Article 1 Special District Elections. All C.R.S. 32-1-101 special districts are required, by state statute, to either conduct or legally cancel their biennial election. Regular special district elections shall be held on the Tuesday succeeding the first Monday of May in every even-numbered year.


An election manual and calendar is available to assist districts in the conduct of their regular biennial election in May of even years. In addition, the division offers technical support to election officials by hosting electronic election workshops throughout the Spring of even numbered years, beginning in January. These classes are designed to help special districts prepare for their regular biennial election.


Special districts have the option of holding TABOR Issue elections during a state general election, a biennial local district election, or on the first Tuesday in November of odd-numbered years. With the passage of HB1303, mail ballot elections conducted in November must be coordinated. 


Special districts must file all election results with the division of local government. The division maintains information on each special district, including election results from the district’s organizational, regular, off-year, or special election.


 When can a special district hold an election?

Election Type/Time February May October November December


Ballot Questions (no $:TABOR)


M/P M/P M/P C or P* M/P
Ballot Issues ($:TABOR) -

M only (+Directors)

Even Years only

- C -
Regular Election -


Even Years Only

M/P - -
M = Mail Ballot Election, P = Polling Place Election, C = Coordinated Election (with County)

* Special District formation elections are set by court order. An organizational election may be conducted as a polling place in any November if there are Ballot Issues (TABOR) being asked.