Elections

The City of Golden holds its general elections in odd numbered years on the first Tuesday of November (that’s November 7, 2017 this year).

The General Elections are coordinated with Jefferson County Elections and are mail ballot.

2017 Elections

Golden voters will elect the positions of Councilors for Wards One, Two, Three and Four.

How to run

The requirements to run for office per the City of Golden Charter pdf download, Section 3.4 are as follows:

  • Must be an elector (registered voter) of the City of Golden
  • Must be a citizen of the United States for at least five years
  • Have resided in the City for at least one year immediately preceding the election
  • Must be a resident of the designated Ward to run for those seats, when nominated and elected.

Nomination petitions may be taken out and circulated beginning Tuesday, August 8. Petitions must be picked up from the City Clerk’s office. Nomination petitions will be due to the City Clerk by 5 p.m. on Monday, August 28.

Signature requirements for candidates are as follows:

  • Must obtain 25 signatures from the Ward for which the candidate is running
  • Must file a Candidate Affidavit per Golden Municipal Code Chapter 1.05 Campaign Finance within 10 days of getting the first signature on candidate’s nomination petition, or announcing intent to become a candidate.
City Council Wards and Districts

How and when to vote

The City of Golden General Municipal Election is on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. This will be a mail ballot election. Jefferson County will mail out to ballots in accordance with the schedule set by statute.

Even if you don’t decide to run, take the opportunity to vote. The deadline to register to vote through a voter registration drive is Monday, October 16. The deadline to register to vote through the mail, a voter registration agency, local driver’s license examination facility or online is Monday, October 30. You can register at the Jefferson County Election Department or the Golden City Clerk’s office.

You may also register by appearing in person at the Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder’s office at any time during which registration is permitted at the office, including on Election Day. Jefferson County’s website has registration forms and more information. You may also register online through Monday, October 30 at the State of Colorado Online registration site.

To be eligible to register to vote you must be a US citizen, at least 18 years old on or before Election Day, a resident of Colorado and at your present address for 22 days prior to an election.

If your Jefferson County voter registration is current and you live within the city limits of Golden, further registration is not necessary. If you are not sure if you are registered at your current residence go to www.govotecolorado.com

Special Elections

Special elections may be called by ordinance of the City Council and may be held at any time. Special elections are often held in conjunction with the Jefferson County Election, held in November of even-numbered years, or the Jefferson  County Coordinated Election, held in November of odd-numbered years. Special elections are usually limited to consideration of ballot issues. Or can be on a different date and administered entirely by the Golden City Clerk.

All municipal elections are nonpartisan.

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 Did You Know?
Golden was originally chosen as the territorial capital of Colorado in 1862.

Additional Resources

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