1-11-103. Certificates of election for nonpartisan, ballot issue, or ballot question elections
Overview of Statute
Designated election officials must notify candidates about their election to office and provide a formal certificate of office following the final, uncontested vote in any election. After the certified final vote for any ballot issue or question, a designated election official must notify the governing body of the political subdivision conducting the election of the election result with an accompanying certificate of the votes cast for and against the ballot initiative. The affected governing body must make this certificate available for public inspection for at least ten days after the completion of the final voting counts by the canvass board. Results of special district elections must be certified to the division of local government within thirty days of the election to be added to the master file of all special districts, whereas notice and a copy of resolution for canceled election must be filed with the division of local government.
(1) Except in the case of offices for which a recount is required, immediately after the final abstract of votes cast for each office has been prepared and certified, the designated election official shall notify the candidates of their election to office. After any required bond and oath is filed, the designated election official shall make a formal certificate of election for each person who was elected and shall deliver the formal certificate to that person.
(2) Except in the case of ballot issues or ballot questions for which a recount is required, immediately after the abstract of votes cast for each ballot issue or ballot question has been prepared and certified, the designated election official shall notify the governing body of the political subdivision conducting the election and the petition representatives of a ballot issue or ballot question of the election result and shall make a certificate of the votes cast for and against each ballot issue and for and against each ballot question available for public inspection in the office of the designated election official for no less than ten days following the completion of the abstract of votes cast by the canvass board.
(3) The results of a special district election shall be certified to the division of local government within thirty days after the election as provided in section 32-1-104 (1), C.R.S. If an election is cancelled, the notice and a copy of the resolution of cancellation shall be filed with the division of local government.
Source: L. 92: Entire article R&RE, p. 784, § 14, effective January 1, 1993.L. 93: Entire section amended, p. 1435, § 118, effective July 1.L. 94: Entire section amended, p. 1174, § 59, effective July 1.L. 99: (1) and (2) amended, p. 489, § 15, effective July 1; (3) amended, p. 452, § 10, effective August 4.
- Ballot Initiatives & Recall Elections
- Canvassing & Certification of Election Results
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 Ballot
(a) A federal write-in absentee ballot;
(b) A ballot specifically prepared or distributed for use by a covered voter in accordance with this article; or
(c) A ballot cast by a covered voter in accordance with this article.
(2) “Covered voter” means:
(a) A uniformed-service voter defined in paragraph (a) of subsection (9) of this section who is a resident of this state but who is absent from this state by reason of active duty and who otherwise satisfies this state’s voter eligibility requirements;
(b) An overseas voter who, before leaving the United States, was last eligible to vote in this state and, except for a state residency requirement, otherwise satisfies this state’s voter eligibility requirements;
(c) An overseas voter who, before leaving the United States, would have been last eligible to vote in this state had the voter then been of voting age and, except for a state residency requirement, otherwise satisfies this state’s voter eligibility requirements; or
(d) An overseas voter who was born outside the United States, is not described in paragraph (b) or (c) of this subsection (2), and, except for a state residency requirement, otherwise satisfies this state’s voter eligibility requirements if the last place where a parent, legal guardian, spouse, or civil union partner of the voter was, or under this article would have been, eligible to vote before leaving the United States is within this state.
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.
6. Definition for Candidate
Any person who seeks nomination or election to any state or local public office that is to be voted on in this state at any primary election, general election, school district election, special district election, or municipal election. “Candidate” also includes a judge or justice of any court of record who seeks to be retained in office pursuant to the provisions of section 25 of article VI. A person is a candidate for election if the person has publicly announced an intention to seek election to public office or retention of a judicial office and thereafter has received a contribution or made an expenditure in support of the candidacy. A person remains a candidate for purposes of this article so long as the candidate maintains a registered candidate committee. A person who maintains a candidate committee after an election cycle, but who has not publicly announced an intention to seek election to public office in the next or any subsequent election cycle, is a candidate for purposes of this article. Section 2(2) of article XXVIII of the state constitution.