1-6-109.5. Appointment and duties of supervisor judge – definition
Overview of Statute
Designated election officials must appoint a supervisor judge at each precinct. An election judge from a major political party should serve as the supervisor judge, to the extent possible. The election official should appoint an even number of supervisor judges from each major political party to serve during election judges. If a partisan election requires an odd number of precincts, the county clerk and recorder will decide which party receives the extra supervisor judge. Prior to the election, appointed supervisor election judge must attend an additional course. Supervisor election judges must oversee the logistical preparation and maintenance of election equipment, as well as oversee other election day duties.
(1) The designated election official shall appoint one election judge in each precinct as supervisor judge. To the extent possible, the supervisor judge must be from a major political party. The designated election official shall notify the supervisor judge of the appointment.
(2) For partisan elections, each major political party is entitled to one-half of the total number of supervisor judges appointed. If an odd number of supervisor judges is appointed, the county clerk and recorder shall determine which major political party is entitled to the one extra supervisor judge. The county clerk and recorder makes this determination by the mutual agreement of the two major political parties or, if the two major political parties cannot agree, by lot.
(3) Prior to the election, the supervisor judge shall attend a special school of instruction held by the designated election official.
(4) (a) The supervisor judge shall coordinate the conduct of the election in the polling location. For nonpartisan elections, the supervisor judge’s responsibilities include receiving election supplies and equipment from the designated election official; delivering election supplies and equipment to the polling location, and returning all election supplies, election equipment, and ballots to the designated election official once the election is concluded.
(b) For partisan elections, the county clerk and recorder may deputize a courier to return the election supplies, election equipment, and ballots to the county clerk and recorder once the election is concluded. If the county clerk and recorder does not deputize a courier, the supervisor judge and a second election judge from the voter service and polling center shall return the election supplies, election equipment, and the ballots to the county clerk and recorder. The second election judge is selected by the election judges in the voter service and polling center other than the supervisor judge and must have a political affiliation different than the supervisor judge.
Source: L. 98: Entire section added, p. 579, § 9, effective April 30.L. 2012: (5) added, (HB 12-1292), ch. 181, p. 684, § 25, effective May 17.L. 2013: (1), (2), (3), and (4) amended, (HB 13-1303), ch. 185, p. 716, § 55, effective May 10.
Editor’s note: Subsection (5)(b) provided for the repeal of subsection (5), effective January 1, 2015. (See L. 2012, p. 684.)
Cross references: In 2013, subsections (1), (2), (3), and (4) were 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.
1. Definition for Political party
Any group of registered electors who, by petition or assembly, nominate candidates for the official general election ballot. “Political party” includes affiliated party organizations at the state, county, and election district levels, and all such affiliates are considered to be a single entity for the purposes of this article, except as otherwise provided in section 7. Section 2(13) of article XXVIII of the state constitution.
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 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.