1-13.5-401. Appointment of election judges
(1) (a) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, at least fifteen days before each local government election, the governing body shall appoint the election judges.
(b) Each election judge must be registered to vote in Colorado and at least eighteen years of age. Election judges must be appointed pursuant to this article without regard to party affiliation. Neither a current candidate for director nor any immediate family member, to the second degree, of such candidate is eligible to serve as an election judge.
(c) The designated election official shall make and file in his or her office a list of all individuals so appointed, giving their names and addresses. The list is a public record and is subject to inspection and examination during office hours by any elector of the local government with the right to make copies thereof.
(2) The governing body may delegate to the designated election official the authority and responsibility to appoint election judges in the manner provided in this section.
Source: L. 2014: Entire article added, (HB 14-1164), ch. 2, p. 14, § 6, effective February 18. L. 2016: (1) amended, (HB 16-1442), ch. 313, p. 1267, § 4, effective August 10.
Editor’s note: Section 19 of chapter 313 (HB 16-1442), Session Laws of Colorado 2016, provides that changes to this section by the act apply to elections conducted on or after August 10, 2016.
1. Definition for Immediate family member
Any spouse, child, spouse’s child, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, parent, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, stepbrother, stepsister, stepparent, parent-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, aunt, niece, nephew, guardian, or domestic partner. Section 2 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 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 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.