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Colorado Revised Statutes Title 30. Government County § 30-10-306.5. Procedure to increase number of county commissioners

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(1) In any county having a population of seventy thousand or more, the membership of the board of county commissioners may be increased from three to five members pursuant to this section.

(2) Subject to referral as provided in this subsection (2), a board of county commissioners may pass a resolution increasing its membership to five members and designating not fewer than two of the methods of election set forth in subsection (5) or (6) of this section. The resolution shall be referred to the registered electors of the county at a general election. If a majority of votes cast are in favor of the referred resolution, the board of county commissioners shall take such action as is necessary to assure that the increased number of county commissioners are elected at the next general election according to the procedure for election contained in the referred resolution which received the largest number of votes cast.

(3)(a) In the alternative, a petition signed by at least eight percent of the total number of qualified electors of a county voting for all candidates for the office of secretary of state at the last preceding general election shall be sufficient to place on the ballot at a general election the question of whether to increase the membership to five members with a designation of not fewer than two of the methods of election set forth in subsection (5) or (6) of this section.

(b) If a majority of the votes cast on a question placed on the ballot pursuant to paragraph (a) of this subsection (3) are in favor of increasing the membership, the board of county commissioners shall pass a resolution increasing the membership to five members and providing for the election of the increased number of county commissioners at the next general election according to the procedure for election specified in such question which received the largest number of votes cast.

(5)(a) If three county commissioners are to be resident in districts and two elected by the voters of the whole county, they shall be elected as set forth in this subsection (5). Members resident in districts elected pursuant to this subsection (5) may be elected by the voters of the whole county or may be elected only by voters resident in the district from which the member runs for election.

(b) If the first general election after the voters' approval of such increase is held in 1976 or any fourth year thereafter, two members resident in districts and one at-large member shall be elected to four-year terms at said election, and one at-large member shall be elected to fill the vacancy until the next general election, and two members, one resident in a district and one at large, shall be elected to four-year terms at said next general election. Thereafter, three members, two resident in districts and one at large, shall be elected at the general elections which occur each four years after the first general election following such resolution, and two members, one resident in a district and one at large, shall be elected at the general election which occurs two years after the first general election following such resolution and every fourth year thereafter.

(c) If the first general election after the voters' approval of such increase is held in 1978 or any fourth year thereafter, two members, one resident in a district and one at large, shall be elected to four-year terms at said election, and one at-large member shall be elected to fill the vacancy until the next general election, and three members, two resident in districts and one at large, shall be elected to four-year terms at said next general election. Thereafter, two members, one resident in a district and one at large, shall be elected at the general elections which occur each four years after the first general election following such resolution, and three members, two resident in districts and one at large, shall be elected at the general election which occurs two years after the first general election following such resolution and every fourth year thereafter.

(d) Prior to March 1 of the election year, the board of county commissioners shall designate the at-large position from which a commissioner is to be elected to a two-year term to fill a vacancy described in paragraph (b) or (c) of this subsection (5).

(6)(a) If five county commissioners resident in districts are to be elected, they shall be elected as set forth in this subsection (6). Members elected pursuant to this subsection (6) may be elected by the voters of the whole county or may be elected only by voters resident in the district from which the member runs for election.

(b) If the first general election after the voters' approval of such increase is held in 1982 or any fourth year thereafter, two members resident in districts shall be elected to four-year terms at said election, and one member resident in a district shall be elected to fill the vacancy until the next general election, and three members resident in districts shall be elected to four-year terms at said next general election. Thereafter, two members resident in districts shall be elected at the general elections which occur each four years after the first general election following such resolution, and three members resident in districts shall be elected at the general election which occurs two years after the first general election following such resolution and every fourth year thereafter.

(c) If the first general election after the voters' approval of such increase is held in 1984 or any fourth year thereafter, three members resident in districts shall be elected to four-year terms at said election, and one member resident in a district shall be elected to fill the vacancy until the next general election, and two members resident in districts shall be elected to four-year terms at said next general election. Thereafter, three members resident in districts shall be elected at the general elections which occur each four years after the first general election following such resolution, and two members resident in districts shall be elected at the general election which occurs two years after the first general election following such resolution and every fourth year thereafter.

(d) The board of county commissioners shall designate the district from which a commissioner is to be elected to a two-year term to fill a vacancy described in paragraph (b) or (c) of this subsection (6).

(7) Signature requirements governing petitions for a race involving a seat on the board of county commissioners for the next four calendar years immediately following an election at which the voters have approved an increase in the number of county commissioners from three to five under this section are specified in section 1-4-801(2)(e), C.R.S., for major political party candidates, and section 1-4-802(2), C.R.S., for candidates who do not wish to affiliate with a major political party. Following the first four calendar years after such a change in the membership of the board of county commissioners has been approved by the voters, the signature requirements for a petition for a county commissioner candidate must follow the procedures specified in section 1-4-801(2)(a), C.R.S., for major political party candidates, and section 1-4-802(1)(c)(VI), C.R.S., for candidates who do not wish to affiliate with a major political party, as applicable.

Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Colorado Revised Statutes Title 30. Government County § 30-10-306.5. Procedure to increase number of county commissioners - last updated January 01, 2019 | https://codes.findlaw.com/co/title-30-government-county/co-rev-st-sect-30-10-306-5/


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