Colorado Changes Date of Regular Special District Elections
Colorado recently passed House Bill 18-1039 changing the date of regular special district elections from May of even-numbered years to May of odd-numbered years. The change comes following concerns about the impact of primary elections on the availability of county clerk’s offices across the state to assist with special district elections.
Special district board members are typically elected to serve four-year terms that are staggered: two board members are elected in one election cycle and three board members are elected two years later in the next election cycle. Those elections have historically been held in May of even-numbered years. Under House Bill 18-1039, beginning in 2023 regular special district elections will take place in May of odd-numbered years. The change will be implemented by reducing the term of office of special district directors elected in 2020 and 2022 to three years each. Thereafter, commencing in 2023 and 2025, special districts will be on an odd-year regular election cycle with four-year board of director terms.
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