Colorado Revised Statutes Title 1 Elections § 1-4-801 Designation of party candidates by petition

(1) Candidates for political party nominations to be made by primary election may be placed on the primary election ballot by petition.  Every petition to nominate candidates for a primary election shall state the name of the office for which the person is a candidate and the candidate's name and address and shall designate in not more than three words the name of the political party which the candidate represents.  No petition shall contain the name of more than one person for the same office.

(2) The signature requirements for the petition are as follows:

(a) Every petition in the case of a candidate for any county office shall be signed by electors eligible to vote within the county commissioner district or political subdivision for which the officer is to be elected.  Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (e) of this subsection (2), the petition shall require signers equal in number to twenty percent of the votes cast in the political subdivision at the contested or uncontested primary election for the political party's candidate for the office for which the petition is being circulated or, if there was no primary election, at the last preceding general election for which there was a candidate for the office.

(b) Every petition in the case of a candidate for member of the general assembly, district attorney, or any district office greater than a county office shall be signed by eligible electors resident within the district for which the officer is to be elected.  The petition shall require the lesser of one thousand signers or signers equal to thirty percent of the votes cast in the district at the contested or uncontested primary election for the political party's candidate for the office for which the petition is being circulated or, if there was no primary election, at the last preceding general election for which there was a candidate for the office.

(II) On and after January 1, 1999, every petition in the case of a candidate for an office to be filled by vote of the electors of the entire state shall be signed by at least one thousand five hundred eligible electors in each congressional district.

(e) Where the electors of the county have voted to increase the membership of the board of county commissioners from three to five pursuant to section 30-10-306.5, C.R.S ., or to decrease the membership of the board from five to three pursuant to section 30-10-306.7, C.R.S ., for the next two primary elections immediately following an election at which the voters have approved the change in the membership of the board, the signature requirements for the petition are as follows:

(I) Where any one or more commissioners to be elected to the board of county commissioners will be voted on by voters of the whole county, every petition must require signers equal in number to twenty percent of the average of all votes cast in each commissioner district in the county during the prior two contested or uncontested primary elections for the political party's candidates in each county commissioner district that held a primary election in either of those elections.  If no primary election was held in either year, the calculation must be based on the most recent preceding general election for which the party had a candidate on the ballot, and every petition must require signers equal in number to twenty percent of the average of all votes cast for the political party's candidates for commissioner in each commissioner district in which the party had a candidate on the ballot.

(II) Where any one or more commissioners to be elected to the board of county commissioners will be voted on only by the electors residing in a particular county commissioner district, the determination of the required number of signers must begin with a calculation of the average of all votes cast in each commissioner district in the county during the prior two contested or uncontested primary elections for the political party's candidates in the county commissioner districts that held a primary election in either of those elections.  Upon a determination of the average, that number must then be divided by the total number of commissioner districts in the county where commissioners are voted on only by the electors residing in the district, whether three or five.  After completing this calculation, every petition must require signers equal in number to twenty percent of the number realized.  If no primary election was held in either year, the calculation must be based on the most recent preceding general election for which the party had a candidate on the ballot, and every petition must require signers equal in number to the following calculation:

(A) Twenty percent of the average of all votes cast for the political party's candidates for commissioner in each commissioner district in which the party had a candidate on the ballot;  and

(B) Divide the number found in sub-subparagraph (A) of this subparagraph (II) by the total number of commissioner districts in the county where commissioners are voted on only by the electors residing in the district, whether three or five.

(f) Following the first two primary elections that are conducted after a change in the membership of the board of county commissioners pursuant to section 30-10-306.5 or 30-10-306.7, C.R.S ., in accordance with the requirements of paragraph (e) of this subsection (2), the signature requirements for a petition for a county commissioner candidate who is affiliated with a major political party must follow the procedures specified in paragraph (a) of this subsection (2).

(3) No person shall be placed in nomination by petition on behalf of any political party unless the person was affiliated with the political party, as shown in the statewide voter registration system, no later than the first business day of the January immediately preceding the election for which the person desires to be placed in nomination.

(4) No person who attempted and failed to receive at least ten percent of the votes for the nomination of a political party assembly for a particular office shall be placed in nomination by petition on behalf of the political party for the same office.

(5) Party petitions shall not be circulated nor any signatures be obtained prior to the third Tuesday in January.  Petitions must be filed no later than the third Tuesday in March.

(6) A candidate for a presidential primary election shall not begin circulating petitions before the first Monday in November of the year preceding the year in which the presidential primary election is held.  A candidate must file a petition no later than the second day of January in the year of the presidential primary election.


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