Q1: How do I get started?
A1: The Secretary of State’s
office has assembled candidate packets that include information on
qualifications, Campaign and Political Finance (CPF) guidelines and forms,
sample candidate petitions, and other filing forms required by state law. These
packets are available free of charge. Contact our office to receive your
candidate packet. Learn how to run for office (PDF)
Q2: Where do I file?
A2: Candidates for municipal offices
should contact the municipal clerk in the city/town where they live. Candidates
for county offices should contact their county clerk and recorder. Candidates
for any office greater than a county office should contact the Elections
Division of the Colorado Secretary of State for filing information. Candidates
for federal offices should also contact the Federal Election Commission for
information on federal filing requirements.
Q3: When do I file?
A3: There is no set filing deadline in
the State of Colorado that applies to all candidates. Filing deadlines depend
1. When your campaign efforts officially begin under Campaign and Political
Finance (CPF)/Fair Campaign Practices Act (FCPA) definitions.
2. The method by which you seek to get your name on the ballot (nomination,
Please refer to the election calendar for important dates relating to your
Q4: How do I learn more about the requirements of Campaign and
Political Finance and the Fair Campaign Practices Act?
Election Division of the Secretary of State’s office has developed a training
manual that details the requirements under CPF/FCPA and includes filing
deadlines as well as all of the forms you will need to file for your campaign.
This manual is available free of charge. We also offer several training courses
throughout the year on the requirements of CPF/FCPA. These training courses are
conducted all over the state. Please contact the Elections Division of the
Secretary of State to find out when the next training course is being conducted
Q5: How do I verify my status and affiliation as a registered
A5: Your county clerk and recorder can access your voter
record to notify you of your registration status, affiliation, affiliation date,
etc. This information can also be accessed by the Secretary of State’s office.
Q6: How do I find out what Congressional/State Senate/State House
District I live in?
A6: Contact your county clerk and recorder. This
information is available with your voter registration information.
Q7: Once I’ve declared my candidacy, can I change my
A7: Yes. Candidates may file a letter of withdrawal with the
designated election official (Secretary of State, county/city/town clerk) any
time before the election. However, in order to ensure a candidate’s name is
removed from the ballot and sufficient time is given for vacancy nominations,
letters of withdrawal must be submitted prior to 61 days before the Primary or