Colorado Revised Statutes Title 1 Elections § 1-4-601 Designation of candidates for primary election




(1) Assemblies of the major political parties may make assembly designations of candidates for nomination on the primary election ballot.  An assembly shall be held no later than seventy-three days preceding the primary election.

(2) An assembly must take no more than two ballots for party candidates for each office to be filled at the next general election.  Every candidate receiving thirty percent or more of the votes of all duly accredited assembly delegates who are present and voting on that office must be certified by affidavit of the presiding officer and secretary of the assembly.  If no candidate receives thirty percent or more of the votes of all duly accredited assembly delegates who are present and voting, a second ballot must be cast on all the candidates for that office.  If on the second ballot no candidate receives thirty percent or more of the votes cast, the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes must be certified as candidates for that office by the assembly.  The certificate of designation by assembly must state the name of the office for which each person is a candidate and the candidate's name and address, must designate in not more than three words the name of the political party which the candidate represents, and must certify that the candidate has been a member of the political party for the period of time required by party rule or by subsection (4) of this section if the party has no such rule.  The candidate's affiliation, as shown in the statewide voter registration system, is prima facie evidence of political party membership.  The certificate of designation must indicate the order of the vote received at the assembly by candidates for each office, but no assembly shall declare that any one candidate has received the nomination of the assembly.  The certificate of designation must be filed in accordance with section 1-4-604 .  If two or more candidates receiving designation under this subsection (2) have received an equal number of votes, the order of certification of designation is determined by lot by the candidates.  The assembly shall select a vacancy committee for vacancies in designation or nomination only.

(3)(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this subsection (3), no later than four days after the adjournment of the assembly, each candidate designated by assembly shall file a written acceptance with the officer with whom the certificate of designation is filed.  This acceptance may be transmitted by facsimile transmission.  If the acceptance is transmitted by facsimile transmission, the original acceptance must also be filed and postmarked no later than ten days after the adjournment of the assembly.  The acceptance shall state the candidate's name in the form in which it is to appear on the ballot.  The name may include one nickname, if the candidate regularly uses the nickname and the nickname does not include any part of a political party name.  If an acceptance is not filed within the specified time, the candidate shall be deemed to have declined the designation;  except that the candidate shall not be deemed to have declined the designation and shall be included on the primary ballot if late filing of an acceptance is caused by the failure to timely file a certificate of designation or the failure to file such acceptance with such certificate of designation, as required by section 1-4-604(1)(a) .

(b) The written acceptance of a candidate nominated by assembly for any national or state office or for member of the general assembly, district attorney, or district office greater than a county office shall be filed by the presiding officer or secretary of such assembly with the certificate of designation of such assembly, as required by section 1-4-604(1)(a) .  Nothing in this paragraph (b) shall prohibit a candidate from filing an acceptance of nomination directly with the officer with whom the certificate of designation is filed following written notice of such filing by the candidate to the presiding officer of the political party holding such assembly.

(4)(a) No person is eligible for designation by assembly as a candidate for nomination at any primary election unless the person was affiliated with the political party holding the assembly, as shown in the statewide voter registration system, no later than the first business day of the January immediately preceding the primary election, unless otherwise provided by party rules.

(5) As used in this section, “political party” means a major political party as defined in section 1-1-104(22) .





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