Ballot Access for El Paso County Candidates

The El Paso County Clerk & Recorder’s Office oversees ballot access for candidates interested in running for County elected offices, including Assessor, Clerk & Recorder, Commissioner, Coroner, Sheriff, Surveyor and Treasurer.

If you are considering running for another office, including those higher than the county level, municipalities, special districts and school districts, refer to Candidates and Jurisdictions.

Primary Ballot

Political Party Candidate Nomination – Primary Ballot

  1. Please contact your political party for more information regarding political party nominations and the assembly process.

Party Candidate Petition – Primary Ballot

  1. Candidates for political party nomination may also be placed on the Primary Election ballot by petition (CRS 1-4-801).
  2. No person who attempted and failed to receive at least ten percent of the votes for nomination of a political party assembly for a particular office shall be placed in nomination by petition of the political party for the same office (CRS 1-4-801).​
  3. Please contact the El Paso County Election Department Director, Angie Leath, at 719-520-7325 for more information regarding timelines, sample petition packets, required signatures, etc.

General Ballot

Minor Party and Unaffiliated Candidate Petition – General Ballot

  1. Candidates for minor political party or for partisan public offices who are unaffiliated may be nominated by petition (CRS 1-4-802).​
  2. Please contact the El Paso County Election Department Director, Angie Leath, at 719-520-7325 for more information regarding timelines, sample petition packets, required signatures, etc.

Write-In Candidate

Write-In Candidate – Primary or General Ballot

  1. A person who wishes to be a write-in candidate for an office in an election may do so by filing a Write-In Candidate Affidavit of intent (CRS 1-4-1101).​
  2. No person who has been defeated as a candidate in a primary election shall be eligible for election to the same office by ballot or as a write-in candidate in the next general election unless the party vacancy committee nominates that person (CRS 1-4-105).