Q1. What is the
difference between a Primary and a General Election?
A1. The State of Colorado holds regularly scheduled
state elections every two years; a state Primary Election in June and a General
election in November.
On the June Primary Election Day, voters affiliated with a major party may cast
a ballot for candidates of that party. If there is a minor party contest for an
office those affiliated with that minor party may cast a ballot for those
candidates. Unaffiliated electors may declare affiliation with one of the major
or minor parties and cast that party’s ballot.
The nominated candidates from each party's primary ballot will be placed on the
November General Election ballot. The winner of the November General Election
will hold office.
Q2. What is a
A2. To be a coordinated, the election must:
- Have more than one
political subdivision (state, county, municipality, school district, or
special district), holding an election,
- Be on the same day in
- The eligible electors
either are the same for each election or
live in overlapping subdivision boundaries.
When these requirements
are satisfied, the county clerk and recorder will coordinate and conduct the
elections on behalf of all political subdivisions. The November odd-year
election is generally referred to as the coordinated election. Coordinated
elections are conducted by mail ballot.
Q3. Does Colorado hold a
presidential Primary Election?
A3. No. In 2003, Colorado passed a measure to
eliminate the presidential primary. The estimated savings generated by
cancellation of the presidential primary is $2.2 million. Instead,
Colorado uses a caucus process.
Q4. Where can I find
information about caucus?
A4. Caucuses are held on the first Tuesday in
March. In a presidential election year,
a political party has the option to hold its precinct caucuses on the first
Tuesday in February. The persons receiving the highest number of votes at the
precinct caucus are the delegates to the county assembly from the
precinct. Contact your political party for additional information relating
to caucus and party rules.
Q5. What political
parties are recognized in Colorado?
A5. A list of the current Colorado political parties is available online.
Q6. Where can I find
Federal and State election laws?
A6. Federal and State election laws and the
Secretary of State election rules are available on the Election Law, Rules, & Advisory Opinions page.
Q7. Where can I find a
list of all of the pertinent election dates?
A7. Please see the current election calendar online for all the pertinent dates for the
election cycle and citations to the relevant Colorado law.