Elections - Elections and Information for Candidates
Guidelines for Campaign Signs
County Commissioner Job Description
How to Run for Office (Candidate Information Guide from the Colorado Secretary of State)
Access the Colorado Secretary of State Website HERE for more helpful information
Candidate Affidavit and Instructions (from the Colorado Secretary of State)
Candidacy by Petition
2012 Election Calendar
Fair Campaign Practices Act
Becoming A Candidate
Definition of a Candidate: A person is a candidate for election if the person has publicly announced an intention to seek election to public office and thereafter has received a contribution or made an expenditure in support of the candidacy.
Step One: Candidate Affidavit: A completed signed and notarized hard copy must be submitted to the Secretary of State (SOS) within 10 days of meeting the above criteria for a candidate.
Colorado Secretary of State
Attn: Elections Division
1700 Broadway, Suite 200
Denver, CO 80290
The Secretary of State’s office will send two emails to you after they receive your affidavit. One will give you your User ID and the other will be a link where you will set up a password which will enable you to access your candidate record in the TRACER online campaign finance system. (Transparency in Contribution and Expenditure Reporting) http://tracer.sos.colorado.gov/PublicSite/Homepage.aspx Go to User Login
TRACER Help Desk email@example.com
303.894.2200 ext 6383
Step Two: Become familiar with the requirements of Colorado Campaign Finance! At the TRACER homepage there is a list of Resources / Publications.
This includes the Campaign Finance Manual, filing calendars (deadlines and penalties), and FAQs.
Step Three: Decide if you will accept contributions and make expenditures.
If you will be accepting contributions you will need to register a Candidate Committee using TRACER. At the TRACER homepage select Committee Registration.
If you do not intend to accept contributions but will be spending your own money you will be able to complete the Candidate Statement of Non-Receipt of Contributions OR Non-Expenditure of Funds. Available in TRACER at Resources / Forms.
The County site provides general guidelines about becoming a candidate. Visit the TRACER Help Desk (firstname.lastname@example.org) at Secretary of State for detailed information about Campaign Finance.
Contact us at email@example.com, or call Colleen Stewart at 303-582-5321