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PDF Transparency Bill, HB15-1092 to affect Special District filings.
PDF Quick Reference Glossary!!! (Open as PDF)
PDF   2014 FAQ now available!

PDFDOLA Election Results Filing Requirements

PDF  UOCAVA Procedures 

Program Contact

Joseph McConnell

303-864-7739: Desk
303-864-7720: Main


Division of Local Government

1313 Sherman Street, Room 521

Denver, Colorado 80203

Calendars, Acts & Links

 Link  E-File Link

PDF May 2016 Election Calendar

PDF 2014 Election Law HB14-1164

PDF 2014 Recall Election Changes                        SB14-158

PDF2013 Election Law - HB13-1303



2016 Regular Election Date: May 3, 2016

Self-nomination Deadline: February 26, 2016

Write-in Deadline: February 29, 2016

Anytime Elections Webinar: Just the basics; where to start, available resources, where to find them.

2015 'Election Manual'

Link Link to 2014 FORMS page


12/2014 - Frequently Asked Questions (58 pages) revised 12/2/14

3/2015 - C.R.S. Title 32, Article 1, Part 103, Parts 8 & 9 (23 pages)                    

PDF 3/2015 - C.R.S. Title 1, Articles 13.5 - Elections Generally (150 pages)                 
PDF 3/2015 - C.R.S. Title 1, Article 45 - Campaign & Political Finance (75 pages)      
PDF 12/2013 - Article X, Section 20 - TABOR (17 pages)                                                      
PDF 2014 Legislative Update                                                                                              

Other Information & Links


Elections Quick Reference Glossary revised 4/2/2015
Link Secretary of State Rules and Rule Making
PDF  SOS Election Rule 4 (Coordinated Elections)
PDF SOS Campaign Finanace Rules as of 11/30/2012 (41 pages)
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. Districts may either coordinate or hold their own elections in November.


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 elections.


 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.