1-8.3-116. Publication of election notice
(1) At least one hundred days before a regularly scheduled election and as soon as practicable before an election not regularly scheduled, the secretary of state shall prepare an election notice to be used in conjunction with a federal write-in absentee ballot. The election notice shall contain a list of all of the federal and state offices that as of that date the secretary of state expects to be on the ballot on the date of the election. The notice shall also contain specific instructions for how a voter is to indicate on the federal write-in absentee ballot the voter’s choice for each office to be filled and for each ballot measure to be contested. The secretary of state shall post the notice on the official web site of the secretary of state.
(2) A covered voter may request a copy of an election notice. The county clerk and recorder shall send the notice to the voter by facsimile, electronic mail, or regular mail, as the voter requests.
(3) As soon as ballot styles are certified, and not later than the date ballots are required to be transmitted to voters under article 7.5 or 8 of this title, the secretary of state shall update the notice with the certified statewide ballot questions and candidates for each office.
(4) A county having one or more covered voters and that maintains a web site shall provide a link to the election notice maintained on the secretary of state’s official web site.
Source: L. 2011: Entire article added, (HB 11-1219), ch. 176, p. 671, § 1, effective May 13.
This section ensures that election jurisdictions facilitate voting first by making readily available to overseas and military voters a list of the offices and issues to be contested at an upcoming election, and later by also making candidate names readily and quickly available to these voters, thereby permitting voters who have not received the printed ballot to make the most effective use of the federal write-in absentee ballot.
- Ballot Form & Content Requirements
- Election Day
- Mail-In & Absentee Voting
- Voting Technology
The rules define “ballot style” as a specific ballot layout or content for an election. The ballot style is the presentation of the unique combination of contests and candidates for which the voter is eligible to vote. It includes the order of contests and candidates, the list of ballot positions for each contest, and the binding of candidate names to ballot positions within the presentation. Multiple precincts may use a single ballot style. Multiple styles may appear in a single precinct where voters are split between two or more districts or other categories defining voter eligibility for particular contests and candidates.
The rules define “ballot measure” as a ballot issue or ballot question as defined in sections 1-1-104(2.3) and (2.7), C.R.S.
1. Definition for Federal write-in absentee ballot
The ballot described in section 103 of the federal “Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act”, 42 U.S.C. sec. 1973ff-2.2. C.R.S. § 1-8.3-102.
2. 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.
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.
5. Definition for Secretary
The Colorado secretary of state. C.R.S. § 1-1.5-102.
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.