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Westminster Municipal Election Information and Resources

ELECTION DAY IS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2021

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 on Monday, November 8, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.

OFFICES ON THE BALLOT

  • Office of Mayor, four-year term
    • To be elected to the four-year term of office of Mayor, a candidate must receive at least 40% of the votes cast.
       
  • A total of four (4) City Council seats
    • Three (3) City Councillor seats for regular, four-year terms
    • One (1) City Councillor seat for the current vacancy in an unexpired term (expires November 2023)
      • On Monday, June 14, Council adopted a resolution calling for a special election to fill this vacancy in coordination with the regularly scheduled election on November 2, 2021.
    • All four (4) City Council seats (three full terms and the current vacancy) will be determined by one (1) question where all candidate names are listed and voters choose four candidates.  The top 3 highest vote recipients will serve the three open four-year terms, and the fourth highest vote recipient will serve the remainder of the vacant seat, pursuant to Westminster Municipal Code and Colorado Revised Statutes.
      • Nomination timelines and procedures for persons seeking election to the vacant City Council seat are identical as those for persons seeking election to the regular four-year term City Council seats.

BALLOT QUESTIONS/ISSUES

Certified Ballot

2021 Election Calendar - Candidates     2021 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. UPDATED June 15, 2021
  • 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 beginning Aug. 2, 2021).
  • Circulation of Nomination Petitions may begin on Aug. 3, 2021.  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 - Aug. 23, 2021 at 6 p.m.
  • 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 23, 2021). 
  • Qualified and registered elector of the City on the last day for filing original nomination petition (August 23, 2021), 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.

Current Candidate Affidavits submitted for the 2021 election:

2021 Mayoral Candidates:

  • Nancy McNally filed an Affidavit for Mayor on Sept. 15, 2020. McNally for Mayor committee formed Sept. 15, 2020.
  • Anita Seitz filed an Affidavit for Mayor on Jan. 13, 2021. Anita for Westminster formed Jan. 13, 2021.
  • Austin Watts - WITHDREW June 24, 2021

2021 Councillor Candidates:

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.