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1-6-113. Vacancies

Overview of Statute

The designated election official must fill vacancies for election judges that occur for any reason.[1] For partisan elections, the election official must choose an alternate judge from the list of names previously submitted by county chairpersons from the political parties. In the event that no other judges can serve, the county clerk and reporter may also choose a judge from the lists provided by minor parties[2] or unaffiliated voters[3] who have offered to serve.

[1] C.R.S. § 1-6-119(1)-(2): Guidelines for the removal of an election judge.

[2] C.R.S. § 1-6-103.5: Guidelines for minor parties to submit lists of potential election judges

[3] C.R.S. § 1-6-103.7: Guidelines for unaffiliated election judges to register


(1) If for any reason any person selected to serve as an election judge fails to attend the class of instruction for election judges, or refuses, fails, or is unable to serve, or is removed by preemption in accordance with section 1-6-119 (1) or for cause in accordance with section 1-6-119 (2), the designated election official thereafter may appoint an election judge to fill such vacancy. For a partisan election, an election judge shall be appointed to fill such vacancy from the list of names previously submitted by the county chairperson of the political party to which the person belongs. If a vacancy occurs in a partisan election and no persons are available from such list, then the county clerk and recorder may appoint a person from among the persons recommended by minor political parties in accordance with section 1-6-103.5 and the unaffiliated voters who have offered to serve as election judges in accordance with section 1-6-103.7.

(2) Repealed.


Source: L. 92: Entire article R&RE, p. 727, § 8, effective January 1, 1993.L. 93: (1) amended, p. 1415, § 59, effective July 1.L. 2002: (1) amended, p. 1632, § 11, effective June 7.L. 2013: (2) repealed, (HB 13-1303), ch. 185, p. 752, § 138, effective May 10.


Editor’s note: This section is similar to former § 1-5-110 as it existed prior to 1992.

Cross references: In 2013, subsection (2) was repealed by the “Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act”.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.
Definition [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.

Definition [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.

Definition [Title]

A brief statement that fairly and accurately represents the true intent and meaning of the proposed text of the initiative.

Definition [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.

Definition [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.

Definition [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.