Jul 2, 2020
DENVER- Clerk & Recorder Paul D. López is launching a charter review committee to identify possible solutions to conflicts between Denver’s municipal election timeline and state and federal election law. The committee will be tasked with recommending possible charter changes to modernize Denver’s municipal election cycle.
“Denver’s Charter has not been updated to reflect changes in state and federal election laws over the past ten years, including the move to mail ballot elections in 2013,” stated Denver Clerk Paul D. López. “By convening this committee, I aim to study potential solutions, hear policy experts, solicit public feedback, and recommend a path forward for the future of Denver’s elections.”
The current municipal election calendar conflicts with state law and federal standards by failing to meet a 45-day mailing deadline to active duty military and overseas citizens and an 18-day mailing deadline to domestic voters. Solutions the committee may consider could also address questions about a spring versus fall election and the requirement under Charter for a run-off election.
The Committee will convene in August 2020 and be comprised of seven members appointed by Council, Mayor Michael B. Hancock, and Clerk López. It will make a formal recommendation to Clerk López in early 2021. Clerk López hopes that the Committee’s recommendation will provide Denver with an inclusive election process that increases participation, reduces costs, and aligns with Colorado’s voting model. Once the recommendations are accepted, Clerk López will work with City Council to place a Charter amendment on the November 2021 ballot.
For more information on the Charter Review Committee or to apply to join the Committee, please visit our website.