1-10-201. Canvass of nonpartisan elections
(1) Except as provided for special districts in subsection (1.5) of this section, at least fifteen days before any nonpartisan election that is not coordinated by the county clerk and recorder, the governing body or bodies that called the election shall appoint two registered electors of the political subdivision to serve as members of the canvass board. One of the two persons appointed may be a member of the governing body. The persons so appointed and the designated election official constitute the canvass board for the election. If the election is coordinated between two or more governing bodies, the canvass board shall be appointed in accordance with the intergovernmental agreement between the governing bodies.
(1.5) Unless otherwise directed by the board of directors of a special district, at least fifteen days before any regular special district election, the designated election official shall appoint at least one member of the board of such district and at least one eligible elector of the special district who is not a member of such board to assist the designated election official in the survey of returns. The persons so appointed and the designated election official constitute the board of canvassers for the election.
(2) To the fullest extent possible, no member of the canvass board nor the member’s spouse or civil union partner shall have a direct interest in the election.
(3) If for any reason any person appointed as a member of the canvass board refuses, fails, or is unable to serve, that appointed person shall notify the designated election official, who shall appoint another person with the same qualifications, if available, to the canvass board.
(4) Each canvass board member who is not a member of the governing body shall receive a minimum fee of fifteen dollars for each day of service. The fee shall be set by the designated election official and shall be paid by the political subdivision for which the service is performed.
(5) Prior to assuming their duties, the members of the canvass board shall swear or affirm the following: “I, ————, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I am a registered elector in the county of ———— and of the state of Colorado and that I will faithfully perform the duties required of a member of the canvass board.”
Source: L. 92: Entire article R&RE, p. 778, § 13, effective January 1, 1993.L. 94: Entire section amended, p. 1170, § 50, effective July 1.L. 99: Entire section amended, p. 481, § 8, effective July 1; (1) amended and (1.5) added, p. 451, § 8, effective August 4. L. 2013: (2) amended, (HB 13-1303), ch. 185, p. 747, § 116, effective May 10.
Cross references: For school elections, see articles 30, 31, and 42 of title 22; for elections for removal of county seats, see article 8 of title 30; for municipal elections, see article 10 of title 31; for special district elections, see part 8 of article 1 of title 32; for exemption of certain statutory proceedings from the rules of civil procedure, see C.R.C.P. 81; for recall from office, see article XXI of the state constitution; for recall of state and county officers, see part 1 of article 12 of this title; for recall of municipal officers, see part 5 of article 4 of title 31; for recall of directors of special districts, see § § 32-1-906, 32-1-907.
Editor’s note: Articles 1 to 13 were repealed and reenacted in 1980, and this article was subsequently repealed and reenacted in 1992, resulting in the addition, relocation, and elimination of sections as well as subject matter. For amendments to this article prior to 1992, consult the Colorado statutory research explanatory note and the table itemizing the replacement volumes and supplements to the original volume of C.R.S. 1973 beginning on page vii in the front of this volume and the editor’s note following the title heading. Former C.R.S. section numbers are shown in editor’s notes following those sections that were relocated in 1992. For a detailed comparison of this article for 1980 and 1992, see the comparative tables located in the back of the index.
Editor’s note: Amendments to subsection (1) by House Bill 99-1268 and House Bill 99-1160 were harmonized.
Cross references: In 2013, subsection (2) was amended by the “Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act”. For the short title and the legislative declaration, see sections 1 and 2 of chapter 185, Session Laws of Colorado 2013.
According to the rules, a “designated election official” or “DEO” includes the designated election official’s sworn, deputized designee.
1. Definition for Political subdivision
A governing subdivision of the state, including counties, municipalities, school districts, and special districts. C.R.S. § 1-7.5-103.
2. Definition for Designated election official
The secretary of state, a county clerk and recorder, or other election official as provided by article XXI of the state constitution. C.R.S. § 1-12-100.5.
3. Definition for State
A state of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, or any territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. C.R.S. § 1-8.3-102.
4. Definition for Person
Any natural person, partnership, committee, association, corporation, labor organization, political party, or other organization or group of persons. Section 2(11) of article XXVIII of the state constitution.
5. Definition for Election
Any election under the “Uniform Election Code of 1992” or the “Colorado Municipal Election Code of 1965”, article 10 of title 31, C.R.S. C.R.S. § 1-7.5-103.