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1-5-102. Establishing precincts and voter service and polling centers for nonpartisan elections

Overview of Statute

The designated election official must divide the jurisdiction into precincts no later than 25 days prior to an election. These precincts must consist of one or more general election precincts wherever practicable. The polling places must be the same as those designated for partisan elections wherever possible. The county clerk and recorder must also distribute a map showing the polling centers and precinct boundaries used in the last November election no later than 120 days before a regular special district election or regular election of any other political subdivision. The county clerk and recorder must also maintain a list of the owners of private facilities where precincts will be established. Upon request from a designated election official, the clerk must provide a copy of the sections need.


(1) For nonpartisan elections other than coordinated elections, no later than twenty-five days prior to the election, the designated election official, with the approval of the governing body with authority to call elections, shall divide the jurisdiction into as many election precincts as it deems expedient for the convenience of eligible electors of the jurisdiction and shall designate the polling place for each precinct. The election precincts shall consist of one or more whole general election precincts wherever practicable, and the designated election official and governing body shall cooperate with the county clerk and recorder and the board of county commissioners of their political subdivisions to accomplish this purpose. Wherever possible, the polling places shall be the same as those designated by the county for partisan elections.

(2) The county clerk and recorder, no later than one hundred twenty days prior to a regular special district election or regular election of any other political subdivision, shall prepare a map of the county showing the location of the voter service and polling centers and precinct boundaries utilized in the last November election. Copies of the map shall be available for inspection at the office of the county clerk and recorder and for distribution to the designated election official of each political subdivision.

(3) The county clerk and recorder shall maintain a list of owners or contact persons who, to the clerk’s knowledge, may grant permission to political subdivisions to use the locations identified on the map for voter service and polling centers. The clerk shall, upon request of the designated election official of a political subdivision, provide a copy of the list, or a part of the list as requested by the designated election official.

Source: L. 92: Entire article R&RE, p. 700, § 8, effective January 1, 1993.L. 94: Entire section amended, p. 1155, § 19, effective July 1.L. 95: (1) amended, p. 836, § 46, effective July 1.L. 96: (1) amended, p. 1741, § 29, effective July 1.L. 99: (1) and (2) amended, p. 770, § 37, effective May 20.L. 2013: (2) and (3) amended, (HB 13-1303), ch. 185, p. 704, § 30, effective May 10.

Cross references: In 2013, subsections (2) and (3) were amended by the “Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act”. For the short title and the legislative declaration, see sections 1 and 2 of chapter 185, Session Laws of Colorado 2013.

Definition [Political subdivision]

A governing subdivision of the state, including counties, municipalities, school districts, and special districts. C.R.S. § 1-7.5-103.

Definition [Designated election official]

The secretary of state, a county clerk and recorder, or other election official as provided by article XXI of the state constitution. C.R.S. § 1-12-100.5.

Definition [Title]

A brief statement that fairly and accurately represents the true intent and meaning of the proposed text of the initiative.

Definition [Person]

Any natural person, partnership, committee, association, corporation, labor organization, political party, or other organization or group of persons. Section 2(11) of article XXVIII of the state constitution.

Definition [Section]

A bound compilation of initiative forms approved by the secretary of state, which shall include pages that contain the warning required by section 1-40-110 (1), the ballot title, the abstract required by section 1-40-110 (3), and a copy of the proposed measure; succeeding pages that contain the warning, the ballot title, and ruled lines numbered consecutively for registered electors’ signatures; and a final page that contains the affidavit required by section 1-40-111 (2). Each section shall be consecutively prenumbered by the petitioner prior to circulation.

Definition [Election]

Any election under the “Uniform Election Code of 1992” or the “Colorado Municipal Election Code of 1965”, article 10 of title 31, C.R.S. C.R.S. § 1-7.5-103.

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