What is difference between the types of elections?

The State of Colorado holds regularly scheduled state General/Coordinated/Presidential Elections every two years. During a typical election year, a Primary Election is held in June, followed by the General election in November. During a Presidential Election year, a Presidential Primary is also held in March.

The purpose of the Primary Election is to nominate candidates from each political party for the November General Election. The candidates who are successful in the Primary Election are placed on the General Election ballot.

A Coordinated Election is one that the county clerk and recorder conducts on behalf of two or more political subdivisions (State, County, Municipality, etc.) that are placing questions on a ballot on the same day in November. Specifically, for a Coordinated Election to take place, the election must:

  • Have more than one political subdivision holding an election (state, county, municipality, school district, or special district);
  • Take place on the same day in November; and
  • The eligible voters either are the same for each election or live in overlapping political subdivision boundaries.

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