Filing Deadline:

6/15/2010, 3PM

Primary Date:


Filing Fee: Not Available
Handbook: Colorado Elections
Candidate Qualifications (PDF)
Candidate Acceptance Forms (PDF)
Secretary of State Elections Department:

Elections center: 303.894.2200

Elections fax: 303.869.4861


Law: Election Code

The petition must contain the lesser of one thousand (1,000) signatures or signatures equal to thirty percent (30%) of the votes cast at the last primary election for the same office, district, and political party for which the petition is being circulated. [Section 1-4-801(2)(b), C.R.S.]

If no primary election was held, the number of required signatures is calculated by identifying thirty percent (30%) of the votes cast at the last preceding general election for which there was a candidate for that office. [Section 1-4-801(2)(b), C.R.S.]

In order to be eligible to circulate a petition, a person must be a resident of the state, a citizen of the United States, at least eighteen (18) years of age, and registered to vote and affiliated with the political party mentioned in the petition at the time the petition is circulated …

Petitions must be filed with the Secretary of State no later than seventy-five (75) days before the primary election. [Section 1-4-801(5), C.R.S.]

Before a nomination petition may be filed, it must have a notarized candidate acceptance of nomination form attached to it.

Petitions must be filed with the Secretary of State no later than 3 p.m. on the one hundred fortieth (140th) day before the general election.

Any person who wishes to be a write-in candidate must file an affidavit of intent with the Secretary of State. The affidavit must be filed no later than the close of business on the sixty-seventh (67th) day before the primary election or by the close of business on the seventieth (70th) day before the general election.

Every candidate interested in running for United States Representative should contact the Federal Election Commission for campaign finance information and other requirements not addressed at the state level. The contact information is:

Federal Election Commission

999 E Street, NW

Washington, DC 20463


Web site:


In order to meet the required standards for accessible voting equipment, all county clerks in the state of Colorado must produce an audio ballot. Further, Rule 10.4 of the Secretary of State’s Election Rules requires an audio recording containing the correct pronunciation of each candidate’s name for all offices of state concern and sets forth the deadline for each submission.


Residency: Inhabitant of the state.

29-Mar. Mon. First day to circulate major/minor party candidate petitions for the Primary Election. (Last Monday in March)

30-Apr. Fri. Earliest day an unaffiliated candidate may circulate a petition for county, district, state and federal offices. (No petition shall be circulated earlier than 186 days before the General Election)

1-June Tue. Last day to hold district and state major party assemblies for the Primary Election. (No later than 70 days preceding the Primary Election)


District, state, and federal candidates’ designations and acceptances must be filed no later than 4 days after adjournment of the assembly. If faxed, the original must also be filed and postmarked no later than 10 days after the adjournment of the assembly.


Objections to nominations, designations, or petitions shall be filed with the district court within 5 days after the election official’s sufficiency statement was issued or after the certificate of designation was filed with the designated election official.

15-June Tue. Last day to file an unaffiliated candidate nomination petition. (No later than 3:00 p.m. on the 140th day before the General Election)