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Ballot Access 2020
A candidate’s guide to running for an elected office in Saguache County

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I verify my status and affiliation as a registered voter?

You may review your voter registration at www.govotecolorado.gov, click on Find my Registration.  You may also call the Saguache County Clerk’s Office 
719-655-2512.

Which forms are filed with the County Clerk?

  • Certificate of Designation by Assembly and Candidate Acceptance of Designation provided by the political party at the assembly.
  • Major/Minor Political Party Primary Designation Petition or Unaffiliated Candidate General Election Designation Petition, Candidate Acceptance of Petition Nomination and Affidavit of Intent for Write-In Designation provided by the county.

Who do I contact with questions about running for county elected offices?
How can I get a list of voters in the county?

Please contact the Saguache County Clerk’s Office at 719-655-2512, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Access to the Ballot
Certificate of Designation by Party Assembly

Major and minor party candidates may seek nomination at their political party’s assembly.

The Democratic and Republican Party Caucuses are scheduled for Saturday, March 7th, 2020.  You must be affiliated with the party no later than 1/2/2020. Contact your political party for caucus and assembly protocol and rules.

  • Major party candidates nominated by assembly are placed on the Primary Election ballot.

The Certificate of Designation by Assembly must be filed by the political party with the County Clerk no later than 4 days after the adjournment of the assembly. [1-4-103, 1-4-601, 1-4-604 C.R.S.]

Political Party/Unaffiliated candidate Petition

  • The County Clerk must approve all petition formats prior to circulation.  
  • The County Clerk’s office will verify the petition signatures and 
  • notify the candidate of sufficiency or insufficiency.
  • Signers will be eligible electors residing within the district.
  • Unaffiliated candidates are placed on the General Election ballot only.
  • For detailed information, please see 1-4-8, 1-4-9 C.R.S.

County Commissioner
Saguache County has three (3) Commissioner seats:

  • Commissioner Districts 1 and 2 will expire in January, 2021.  These seats will be open for Election in November, 2020.
  • Commissioner District 3 will expire in January 2023.  This seat will be open for Election November, 2022.

Term of Office                                                                  4 years                                                                       

 [Colorado Constitution Article XIV, Section 6; 1-4-205(1)(a) CRS]

Minimum Age Requirement                                        18 years                                                                             

[1-4-501(1) CRS]

Residency Requirement                                             Registered elector
U.S. Citizen
Resident of the district for at least 1 year prior to the election [Colorado Constitution Article XIV, Section 10; 1-4-205(1)(b) & 1-2-101(1)(a) CRS] 

County Clerk and Recorder                        County Treasurer                                    County Assessor
These offices will expire in January 2023.  These seats will be open for election November 2022.

Term of Office                                                                  4 years                                                                         

[Colorado Constitution Article XIV, Section 6; 1-4-205(1)(a) CRS]

Minimum Age Requirement                                          18 years                                                                             

[1-4-501(1) CRS]

Residency Requirement                                             Registered elector
U.S. Citizen
Resident of the district for at least 1 year prior to the election [Colorado Constitution Article XIV, Section 10; 1-4-205(1)(b) & 1-2-101(1)(a) CRS] 

County Sheriff                                              County Coroner
These offices will expire in January 2023.  These seats will be open for election November 2022.

Term of Office                                                                  4 years                                                                         

[Colorado Constitution Article XIV, Section 6; 1-4-205(1)(a) CRS]

Minimum Age Requirement                                        18 years                                                                

[1-4-501(1) CRS]

Residency Requirement 
Registered elector
U.S. Citizen
Resident of the district for at least 1 year prior to the election [Colorado Constitution Article XIV, Section 10; 1-4-205(1)(b) & 1-2-101(1)(a) CRS]                               

Education Requirement
Possess a high school diploma or its equivalent or a college degree
[30-10-501.5(b)CRS]

Other Requirements
Submit a receipt evidencing a complete set of fingerprints has been taken by a qualified law enforcement agency at the time of filing his or her written acceptance or candidate affidavit
[30-10-501.5(c) CRS]

A person who has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to any felony charge under federal or state law is unqualified for the office of unless pardoned. [30-10-601.5(3)(b) CRS]

THESE REFERENCES ARE FOR GUIDELINES ONLY! 
ALWAYS REFER TO THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION AND COLORADO REVISED STATUTES FOR APPLICABLE LAWS

Campaign Finance
The Secretary of State’s campaign finance team maintains the TRACER systhich allows candidates or the designee to log-on and register a committee or file reports. It is very important that you familiarize yourself with Colorado Campaign Finance rules and laws, as well as the TRACER system.
www.tracer.sos.colorado.gov

SOS Campaign Finance Support:
cpfhelp@sos.state.co.us 
303-894-2200 & (dial 3 then 1)

There is a timeline regarding filing Campaign Finance paperwork.  Please refer to the Campaign and Political Finance calendar at www.sos.state.co.us