City Council WardsThe City of Golden holds its general elections in odd numbered years on the first Tuesday of November.

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

How to Run

The requirements to run for office per the City of Golden Charter, Section 3.4: must be an elector (registered voter) of the City of Golden; citizen of the United States for at least five years; resided in the city for at least one year immediately preceding the election. Candidates must be a resident and elector (registered voter) of the city to run for the office of Mayor and a resident of the designated district to run for those seats, when nominated and elected.

Nomination petitions may be taken out and circulated beginning Tuesday, Aug. 4. 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, Aug. 24.

Signature requirements are as follows: candidates must obtain signatures from 25 registered electors in the city for the Mayor and for the District candidates, 25 signatures from the District for which the candidate is running.

You must also file a Candidate Affidavit per Golden Municipal Code Chapter 1.05 Campaign Finance within 10 days of getting your first signature on your nomination petition, or announcing your intent to become a candidate.

How and When to Vote

Even if you don’t decide to run, take the opportunity to vote. 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 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 at the State of Colorado Online registration site.

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 non partisan.

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

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