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Westminster Municipal Election Information and Resources

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ELECTION DAY IS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2023

OFFICIAL RESULTS REPORT

Municipal Elections in the City of Westminster are non-partisan, meaning candidates for office do not declare a party affiliation on the ballot.  All offices on the ballot are elected at-large; that is, the City consists of one ward.  All elected officials begin their respective terms onthe Monday after final Canvass is completed.

Current Candidate Affidavits submitted for the 2023 election:

2023 Councillor Candidates:

Offices on the Ballot:

  • Three (3) City Council seats for regular, four-year terms

Certified Ballot-Coming in the fall

2023 Election Calendar - Coming Soon    2023 Municipal Filing Calendar

How to become a Candidate:

  • A person is a candidate for election if the person has publicly announced an intention to seek election to public office and thereafter has received a contribution or made an expenditure in support of the candidacy.
  • File a Candidate Affidavit with the City Clerk’s Office within 10 days of becoming a candidate and before circulating nominating petitions.
  • File a Committee Registration Form with the City Clerk’s Office within 10 days of accepting any contribution or making any expenditure.
  • Download the 2021 Candidate Packet and read it entirely. 2023 Candidate Packet coming soon
  • Download and read the Campaign and Political Finance Manual published by the Colorado Secretary of State.
  • Download and read the pertinent sections of the Colorado Revised Statutes regarding elections:  Title 31, Article 10-11, Title 1

Getting on the Ballot:

  • Obtain the official Nomination Petition and Instructions from the City Clerk's Office (Available in late summer 2023).
  • Circulation of Nomination Petitions may begin in August.  No signatures may be collected prior to this date.
  • Collect 25 valid signatures from Westminster electors. It is strongly recommended that candidates collect more than the minimum required to account for signatures that may be invalidated.
  • Submit the petition to the City Clerk’s office by the deadline in August.
  • If you have any questions, call the City Clerk’s Office at 303-658-2161.

Eligibility:

Per Westminster City Charter, § 5.1:

  • Resident of the City for at least one (1) year immediately prior to the last day for filing original nomination petitions for such office (August 2023). 
  • Qualified and registered elector of the City on the last day for filing original nomination petition (August 2023), and throughout tenure of office.
  • No person shall be eligible for any elective office when in default to the City or to any other governmental unit of the State. 
  • Each candidate for elective office shall file with his or her petition an affidavit that the candidate possesses the qualifications for such office.  Failure to file such affidavit shall invalidate the petition. 
  • No elective officer may be appointed to any City office or be employed by the City during the term of office for which he or she was elected or for two (2) years thereafter, provided that after the expiration of the term of office the person may be appointed as a member of an independent board or commission or fill a vacancy in the position of Councillor.

Political/Campaign Signs:

"Political signs" are not regulated as a specific class, and the City imposes no regulations on the content of signs, nor does the City make any differentiation between signs based on their content.  The type of sign construction which is usually used for "political signs" is regulated as incidental or temporary signs under W.M.C. Section 11-11-11(B)

  • Signs may only be placed on private property—not in the public right-of-way or on public property.
  • Under no circumstances should signs of any type, size or scale be placed in the public right-of-way, or positioned in such a way as to cause unsafe blind spots or visual distractions for motorists.
  • Signs may not be of any type of sign that is expressly forbidden in Section 11-11-5 of the Westminster Municipal Code (for example, a sign erected with moving parts or flashing lights).
  • Signs must be placed at least 100 feet away from a polling place, but not on a public right-of-way.
  • Sign-users may place up to 5 signs of six square feet or less in area. Each property may have up to five such signs, regardless of street frontage, plus one additional such sign for each additional 20 feet of frontage over 100 feet. Signs may only be placed on a property with the property owner’s permission. 
    • No permit is required, and no timing restrictions apply to such signs.
  • Sign users may have more and/or larger signs, however:
    • Signs larger than six square feet in area must be approved with a permit prior to placing them, and
    • Timing restrictions may apply, based on the type and construction of the sign;
  • For details in permitting more or larger signs, please contact the Planning Department.
  • For concerns related to sign violations, please contact Code Enforcement.