Special districts or municipalities occasionally have ballot issues that are combined with federal, state, and county contests on the same ballot. For example, the a water district may choose to coordinate with the County Clerk and Recorder to have an issue placed on the ballot. Coordinated elections are held in November of odd numbered years.
A primary election, typically held on even numbered years, helps to narrow the field of opponents running for the same office. The candidate who gets the most votes from the voters in their political party will go on the General Election ballot.
General elections are held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Electors vote on issues and candidates during the general election. General elections are held on even numbered years.
Composite Sample Ballots:
For each election, individual precincts, districts, or municipalities may have an issue on the ballot on which other precincts, districts, or municipalities will not. For example, a voter residing in Castle Rock would not vote on a Parker issue. A composite sample ballot is a single ballot used for informational purposes only, that displays all races and contests that were on each of the ballot types throughout the county.
Understanding Vote Results
What is an Undervote?
An undervote is a ballot issue where the voter is given a choice to vote for one or more choices on a question or race and the voter casts fewer votes than allowed. The voting equipment is extremely sensitive and can detect a very tiny mark on the ballot. When the equipment detects no votes, it marks the question or race as an undervote.
What is an Overvote?
An Overvote is a race or question where the voter selects more choices than is allowed on that ballot issue.
Where the equipment detects an overvote, the ballot is referred to a Resolution Team composed of two individuals from different parties to determine and resolve the overvote if reasonably possible to do so.
When is a Re-count Mandatory?
A mandatory re-count is ordered after the Board of Canvass certifies the results of the election. When the vote becomes official and the difference between the 1st place candidate or question and the 2nd place candidate or question is ½ of 1% or less a re-count can be requested. More information on re-counts can be found on our re-count page, listed at the top of this page.
Can an Issue Committee or Candidate request a Re-count?
Yes, a candidate or issue committee has 31 days after the certification of an election to request a re-count. More information may be found on our re-count page.