1-11-303. Call for special legislative election
Overview of Statute
Within three days of receiving a resolution that calls for a special legislative election, the secretary of state must send notice to each county clerk and recorders in the contested district, which includes the name and party of each candidate and the district number of the contested seat. Every candidate from the original ballot must be listed, with the exception of any candidate who chooses to withdraw from the election. The special legislative election will be held in the entire district for the contested seat, including every precinct within the district.
(1) Within three days after receipt of a resolution calling for a special legislative election pursuant to section 1-11-302, the secretary of state shall make and deliver or transmit to the county clerk and recorder of each county in which the district for the contested state senate or house of representatives seat is located a written notice calling a special legislative election in said district. The secretary of state shall further specify the name and party of each candidate and the district number of the contested state senate or house of representatives seat. Except as otherwise provided in section 1-11-306, candidates shall be the same as the candidates on the ballot in such district for the state senate or house of representatives at the preceding general election from which the contest was filed pursuant to section 1-11-208.
(2) A special legislative election called pursuant to this section shall be held in the entire district for the contested state senate or state house of representatives seat and no precinct or precincts in the district may be excluded from such election.
Source: L. 99: Entire part added, p. 1387, § 4, effective June 4.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Definition for Secretary
The Colorado secretary of state. C.R.S. § 1-1.5-102.
5. 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.