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Looking for campaign information? You're in the right place. Run for office or place a question on the ballot, track initiatives and candidates, search for campaign finance records, submit reports and more.

Important notice regarding candidate petition circulation: On November 30, 2022, the Office of the Clerk and Recorder adopted emergency rules that are necessary to comply with recent changes to Denver Charter and Code regarding election administration and retain a 36-day petition circulation period. Read more here.(PDF, 162KB)

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Run for office, place a question on the ballot, or initiate a recall

Track candidates and initiatives

Check the status of candidates for municipal office and citizen-led initiatives for the City and County of Denver.

Campaign Finance and the Fair Elections Fund

Get information on how to find campaign records, submit campaign finance reports and finance your own campaign.


For political parties, candidates and committees

Poll Watchers

Three categories of observers are permitted in Voter Service and Polling Centers or Ballot Processing areas:

  • Official Observers: Credentialed by the Colorado Secretary of State or by the federal government.
  • Media Observers: Credentialed members of news media.
  • Poll Watchers: Credentialed by the County Clerk and Recorder.

Read our guide for Poll Watchers and Appointing Authorities(PDF, 572KB)

Poll Watcher Appointments

Who may appoint poll watchers?

General Election or Congressional Vacancy Election
  • a political party chairperson on behalf of the party
  • an unaffiliated candidate
  • a write-in candidate
  • a registered issue committee for or against a ballot issue
Coordinated Election (Denver school board or special district)
  • a candidate
  • a registered issue committee for or against a ballot issue
Primary Election
  • a political party chairperson on behalf of the party
  • a party candidate on the ballot
Recall Election
  • the official subject to recall
  • a successor candidate on the recall ballot
Municipal Election
  • a candidate
  • registered issues committees for or against a ballot issue
  • the candidate involved in the recount
  • a registered issue committee for or against a ballot issue
  • a political party chairperson on behalf of a party involved in the recount

How to Appoint Poll Watchers

Appointing authorities should fill out the Poll Watcher Appointment Request Form(XLSX, 361KB)  listing those people they wish to give poll watcher status to and the Voter Service and Polling Center or Ballot Processing area where they will be assigned. Email the completed spreadsheet to

Submit these lists as early as possible. Processing of poll watcher certificates starts about two weeks prior to an election. Do not wait until the last minute to submit your list.

All names on your appointment list will be checked for voter registration status. Appointment Certificates will then be created and emailed to you. 

Carefully read the state statute and Colorado Secretary of State rules regarding poll watchers. Close family members (by blood or marriage) are prohibited from being poll watchers for a candidate in the precincts where they are on the ballot. Consult the Table of Consanguinity below. The yellow boxes denote prohibited family members.


  • If appointed by a party, poll watchers must be affiliated with that party or unaffiliated.
  • If selected by an unaffiliated candidate, poll watchers must be unaffiliated.
  • Ballot measure opponents and proponents must be registered as such with the Colorado Secretary of State if a state ballot issue, or with the Denver Clerk and Recorder if a local issue.
  • Watchers need not be registered to vote in the county where they are watching, but must be registered to vote within Colorado.
  • Candidates and family members may not be poll watchers in the precincts where the candidate is running for office (see SOS Table of Consanguinity(PDF, 13KB)).


Upon visiting a Voter Service and Polling Center or Ballot Processing Center, poll watchers must present a completed and signed Appointment Certificate to the supervisor. When the certificate is presented, the supervisor will administer the poll watcher oath. Both the supervisor and poll watcher must then sign the oath on the certificate.

Election Judges

The Denver Elections Division employs bipartisan teams of election judges to handle ballot processing and vote center operations. Representation of all major parties and unaffiliated voters is needed to maintain our high standards of election security. 

Know someone who might be interested in serving? Get more information on our Become an Election Judge page and share.