Overview of Town Elections
Silverton is a Colorado Statutory Town, and as such is subject to the Colorado Municipal Elections Code.
The Town Board of Trustees is comprised of six Trustees and a Mayor. Elections are held on the first Tuesday in April during even-numbered years. All seven seats serve four-year terms, and all Trustees are limited to two consecutive terms. However, a Trustee, having served two four-year terms, may then serve two additional terms as Mayor, as the Mayor’s seat is considered to be a different office from that of Trustee. Conversely, a two-term Mayor may serve two terms as Trustee at the conclusion of his second Mayoral term.
NEXT ELECTION: TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2014
The next election day is Tuesday, April 1, 2014, however this election will be conducted via mail ballot, rather than via polling place. Three Trustee seats (Trustees Safranski, Swonger, and Papp) will be up for election. Ballot packets will be mailed and/or available for pick up at Town Hall a few weeks prior to the election. Voted ballots may be returned to Town Hall in person or by mail. A voted ballot must be received by Town Hall not later than 7:00pm, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in order to be counted. Vote counting will conclude on the evening of Election Day, and results will be posted immediately at Town Hall, on the municipal website, and via other electronic media.
In order to vote in the April 1, 2014 election, voters must be registered in the Town of Silverton no later than Monday, March 3, 2014. Voters may register online via the Secretary of State website, or by obtaining and returning a voter registration form to the San Juan County Clerk. A voter may only be registered in one County. Multiple registrations are deleted by the Colorado Secretary of State.
Ballots for the upcoming April 1, 2014 election will be mailed to each voter’s address of record, which is provided by the San Juan County Clerk. The US Postal Service WILL NOT FORWARD YOUR MAIL BALLOT. Voters may request that ballots be mailed to an address other than the address of record by submitting a completed absentee ballot application to the Town Clerk/Treasurer by Friday, March 14, 2014.
From the Colorado Election Code C.R.S. 31-10-301:
Every registered elector eighteen years of age or older on the date of the election may be a candidate and hold office in any municipality, unless another age is required by local charter or ordinance, if he has resided in the municipality or municipality and ward, as the case may be, from which he is to be elected for a period of at least twelve consecutive months immediately preceding the date of the election.
A “residence” is defined in C.R.S. 31-10-201(3)(a) as:
The residence of a person is the principal or primary home or place of abode of a person. Principal or primary home or place of abode is that home or place in which his habitation is fixed and to which a person, whenever he is absent, has the present intention of returning after a departure or absence therefrom, regardless of the duration of absence. In determining what is a principal or primary place of abode of a person, the following circumstances relating to such person may be taken into account: Business pursuits, employment, income sources, residence for income or other tax purposes, age, marital status, residence of parents, spouse, and children, if any, leaseholds, situs of personal and real property, and motor vehicle registration.
A candidate must be registered to vote in Silverton prior to submitting his signed affidavit and nomination petition.
Nominations are made via signed petition. A nomination petition may be signed by any elector registered in Silverton. Ten signatures from Silverton-registered electors are required, however an elector may sign only as many petitions as there are contended seats.
Petition forms are prepared by the Municipal Clerk.
SUMMARY OF DEADLINES
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Please direct your election-related questions to Brian Carlson, Town Clerk/Treasurer, 970.387.5522 x14