1-11-301. Legislative declaration
Overview of Statute
According to the Colorado constitution, each house of the general assembly will judge the election and qualification of its members, pass laws to secure the purity of elections, and enact laws deciding the procedure for holding a special legislative elections when general election returns cannot provide an accurate and verified vote count to determine a winner in a district.
(1) The general assembly hereby finds and declares that:
(a) Section 10 of article V of the Colorado constitution provides that each house of the general assembly shall judge the election and qualification of its members;
(b) Section 11 of article VII of the Colorado constitution authorizes the general assembly to pass laws to secure the purity of elections;
(c) In furtherance of these constitutional provisions and the plenary power of the general assembly, the general assembly may enact laws to enable a house of the general assembly to call a special legislative election in the event such house is unable to declare a person duly elected in a district as a member of the state senate or the state house of representatives because an accurate and verifiable vote count showing that the person has the highest number of votes cast in such district cannot be obtained from the general election returns.
Source: L. 99: Entire part added, p. 1386, § 4, effective June 4.
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Editor’s note: Articles 1 to 13 were repealed and reenacted in 1980, and this article was subsequently repealed and reenacted in 1992, resulting in the addition, relocation, and elimination of sections as well as subject matter.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.
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 Title
A brief statement that fairly and accurately represents the true intent and meaning of the proposed text of the initiative.
3. 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.
4. Definition for Section
A bound compilation of initiative forms approved by the secretary of state, which shall include pages that contain the warning required by section 1-40-110 (1), the ballot title, the abstract required by section 1-40-110 (3), and a copy of the proposed measure; succeeding pages that contain the warning, the ballot title, and ruled lines numbered consecutively for registered electors’ signatures; and a final page that contains the affidavit required by section 1-40-111 (2). Each section shall be consecutively prenumbered by the petitioner prior to circulation.
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.