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Circulation of Initiative Petitions

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III. Completing the circulator affidavit before a notary public

1. Affirmation and notarization requirements

After a petition section has been circulated and the circulator is finished gathering signatures, he or she will need to complete and sign the circulator affidavit of the petition in the presence of a notary public. 

To complete the affidavit, the circulator must provide their printed name and their permanent residence address. If they are not a Colorado resident, they must provide both their permanent residence address in the state of which they are a resident, as well as the temporary address where they are staying in Colorado.  Proper identification, outlined further below, must also be presented to the notary.

2. Presenting proper identification to the notary

When completing the circulator affidavit, the circulator must present to the notary an acceptable form of identification as defined by section 1-1-104(19.5), C.R.S.  The list of acceptable forms of identification can be found here:

Acceptable forms of identification (PDF)

While the Colorado residency requirement for circulators was struck down in The Independence Institute v. Gessler, the court upheld the requirement that a circulator present to the notary a specific type of identification.  Therefore, if the identification provided has an address, it must be a Colorado address.  The court’s decision can be found here:

The Independence Institute v. Gessler

[1-40-111(2)(b)(I)(C), C.R.S.]

3. Correcting mistakes to the circulator affidavit and notary jurat

If a small correction is made to the circulator affidavit, the circulator should cross out the error and initial the change.  The notary may not correct any information filled out by the circulator in the circulator affidavit.

The same principle applies if a small correction is made to the notary jurat, except the notary should cross out the error and initial the change.  The circulator may not correct any information filled out by the notary in the notary section of the circulator affidavit.

If a larger correction is required for either the circulator affidavit or notary jurat, then the information should be completely crossed out by the circulator (for affidavit corrections) and notary (for notary corrections) and a new circulator affidavit and notary jurat should be completed.  The new affidavit and jurat page should be attached to the petition section, behind the petition backing at the very end.

4. Sample circulator affidavit

Image of affidavit
Text version of the affidavit