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Charter Review Committee


The Charter Review Committee provides critical input to improve election processes. This committee works directly with Denver Clerk and Recorder Paul López, his office, and other appointed members of the community.  

The seven-member committee represents a bipartisan approach and invites feedback from numerous stakeholders, including the community, for guidance during the review process. 

Committee meeting dates and times are subject to change. Check back for the most current information.

The Office of the Clerk and Recorder is tasked with the administration of elections held within the City and County of Denver. The electoral process is governed by Denver's 100-year-old Home Rule Charter.

The Charter Review Committee has been convened to specifically review and make recommendations regarding the charter section having to do with municipal elections. In particular, the committee will concern itself with the criteria and process for conducting a runoff election.

Denver's home rule charter includes provisions for runoff elections that fail to take into account the logistics of a statewide mail ballot system.

Due to the Charter's stated deadlines for runoff elections, the Elections Division must conduct runoff elections that conflict with mail ballot deadlines. After two municipal election cycles like this, Clerk López aims to rectify this conflict through this committee process. 

To resolve the deadline issues, Denver’s Charter needs to be amended. But there is more than one way to accomplish this. In order to choose the best path forward, Clerk López has convened the Charter Review Committee to accomplish these goals:

  • Engage with the community
  • Study solutions
  • Hear policy experts
  • Solicit public feedback
  • Recommend a path forward for the future of Denver’s elections

The Clerk hopes that the Committee’s recommendation will provide Denver with an inclusive election process that increases participation, reduces costs, and align with Colorado’s voting model.

The Committee will make a formal recommendation to Clerk López in early 2021 so that he may work with City Council place a Charter amendment on the November 2021 ballot. Clerk López will instruct the Committee to recommend one of the following options to him:

  1. Pursue first-past-the-post voting;
  2. Pursue ranked-choice voting;
  3. Pursue approval voting;
  4. Provide more time in between the general and the run-off elections; or
  5. In connection with another option above, change the dates of the election(s).

The Committee is comprised of seven members who are appointed by Council, the Mayor’s Office, and Clerk and Recorder Paul López:

Michael Cummings. Ph.D. | Professor Emeritus of Political Science at University of Colorado Denver – Clerk and Recorder Appointee

Hon. Kevin Flynn | Denver City Council District 2 – Council Appointee

Hon. Stacie Gilmore | President of Denver City Council District 11– Council Appointee

Mark Grueskin, Esq. | Shareholder Recht Kornfeld PC – Clerk and Recorder Appointee

Hon. Stephanie O’Malley | Associate Vice Chancellor for Government and Community Relations Denver University   – Clerk and Recorder Appointee

Gena Ozols | Field Director at Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights – Clerk and Recorder Appointee and Community Applicant.

Alan Salazar, Esq. | Chief of Staff for Mayor Michael Hancock – Mayoral Appointee

Would you like to offer your thoughts on the future of Denver’s elections? Please email your comments to charterclerk@denvergov.org and they will become part of the official record. The Committee members will review all public comments before each meeting. 

 

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Recorded meetings will be available

All Charter Review Committee meetings will be recorded and made public on this website.

We welcome your feedback. Please send your questions and comments to us via email at charterclerk@denvergov.org and be sure to include your name and Denver Council District if applicable.

Thank you!

 

Location
201 W. Colfax Avenue
Dept. 101
Denver, CO 80202
Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.

 

Office of the Clerk & Recorder

Phone: 720-865-8400
clerkandrecorder@denvergov.org

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