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2016 Ballot Access by Political Party
More than one way to get onto the ballot!
 

bullet.jpgBy Political Party Designation
You may be designated by assembly as a candidate for major political parties for the Primary Election. For each political party, there are party rules to follow. Minor party candidates normally are nominated straight to the General Election ballot. In order to be nominated during your party’s assembly, you need at least 30% of the votes of all delegates present and voting on that office.


bullet.jpgBy Political Party Petition
You may choose to petition onto the ballot. However, if you try to go through assembly first, and do not receive at least 10% of the votes, you cannot take out a petition. Check party rules, but usually a candidate must be affiliated with the political party by the first business day in January of the year they are wishing to be a candidate. Party petitions cannot be circulated and signatures cannot be obtained any time prior to February 1st, 2016. Petitions should be filed with the designated election official no later than 85 days before the Primary election, April 4th, 2016. All petition formats should be approved by the County Clerk before you circulate them and the petition may only contain one candidate’s name for the same office. Persons who sign your petition must live within the county, be affiliated with the party you want to represent, and be registered to vote at the correct address. The number of signatures needed varies. It is normally equal to 20% of the votes cast at the Primary election for the political party’s candidate for the office for which the petition is being circulated.

2016 Ballot Access - Other
More than one way to get onto the ballot!
 

bullet.jpgAs an Unaffiliated Candidate
Unaffiliated candidates petition to be on the General ballot. You need to be registered unaffiliated for at least 12 months prior to the last date the petition may be filed with the County Clerk. All petition formats should be approved by the County Clerk before you circulate them and the petition may only contain one candidate’s name for the same office. The petition cannot be circulated or any signatures obtained prior to 173 days before the General Election, May 12th, 2016. Petition has to be filed no later than 3:00 p.m. on the 117th day preceding the General election, July 7th, 2016. Persons who sign your petition must live within the county and be registered to vote at the correct address. The number of signatures needed is equal to 750 or 2% of the votes cast in the most recent General Election, whichever is less.


  bullet.jpgAs a Write-In Candidate
Your name doesn’t actually appear on the ballot if you are a write-in candidate. Anyone who writes your name in on a blank line and fills in the oval next to it earns you a vote. In order to be a write-in candidate, you must file an affidavit of intent by the 110th day before the election, July 14th, 2016.



**This information is meant to provide general information only. Always refer to the Colorado Constitution and Colorado Revised Statues for applicable laws.

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