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Changed Colorado rules push forward municipal election dates

Summit Daily staff report
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Thanks to updates to Colorado's Municipal Election Code last session, dates for petitions, nominations and other election procedures must be submitted earlier this year.

As applicants prepare for next spring's elections, a few changes to Colorado's Municipal Election Code will alter the process slightly. This year's dates for regular and special municipal elections will be slightly earlier to allow time for ballots to be sent overseas.

"It really means that any candidates (who) are wanting to run for the election need to be thinking about it earlier this year in order to get their candidate nomination petitions submitted by January 25, 2016," Dillon marketing and communications director Kerstin Anderson said.

The change comes in light of House Bill 1130, which passed during the past legislative session. This is the first time Colorado municipalities have been tasked with handling eligible electors overseas.

Per the bill, the nomination petition timeframe is now 91 to 71 days before the election, lasting from Jan. 5 to 25 this year. Several other dates have also been changed to match the new timeframe; now nomination petitions must be amended by Jan. 29, affidavits for write-in candidates must be received by March 16, and the date to cancel an election is now March 18.

In addition, election canvass and certification has been pushed back 10 days to allow for the receipt of overseas ballots.

If a municipality wishes to hold a special election, 60 days must be allowed to send out ballots to overseas voters.

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This year, Breckenridge and Frisco each have one mayor and three council member seats available. Dillon and Silverthorne will each have four seats available on town council, with one of Silverthorne's seats designated for a two-year term.

Completed petitions must be sent to the appropriate town clerk by Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 by 5 p.m.

For more information, contact the town clerk the corresponding jurisdiction:

Breckenridge Town Clerk — Helen Cospolich, 547-3126, helenc@townofbreckenridge.com

Dillon Town Clerk — Jo-Anne Tyson, 262-3406, jtyson@townofdillon.com

Frisco Town Clerk — Deborah Wohlmuth, 668-9122, DeborahW@townoffrisco.com

Silverthorne Town Clerk — Michelle Miller, 262-7304, townclerk@townofsilverthorne