In all elections a watcher must be an eligible elector. In addition, watchers in a primary, general or congressional vacancy election are appointed by a political party chairperson on behalf of the political party, or by a party candidate. Additionally, in the case of a general election watchers may be appointed by an unaffiliated candidate or issue committee. In a nonpartisan election, watchers are appointed by candidates for office and proponents and opponents of a ballot issue.
Candidates, members of their immediate families by blood, marriage, or civil union, to the second degree may NOT be poll watchers for that candidate (CRS 1-7-108(2)).
Political party attorneys may not be in a polling location unless he/she is a duly appointed watcher or is casting his/her ballot (Colorado Secretary of State Election Rule 8.3).
If you are selected as a watcher by a political party chairperson, party candidate, or an unaffiliated candidate, you must be affiliated with the political party or unaffiliated as documented in your voter registration record.
VERIFICATION OF CERTIFICATES
All names on the appointment form will be checked for active Colorado registration.
Appointment certificates will then be emailed to you as a PDF file.
Each watcher should keep their signed certificate with them at each authorized location which they visit. If no electronic signature was included in the original submission, the appointing authority must hand sign the certificates before watchers visit locations.
CERTIFICATES ARE NOT TRANSFERABLE TO ANOTHER PERSON
How to appoint watchers
Contact Angie Leath with any questions
(719) 520-7325 | email@example.com
- When arriving at the assigned location, watchers MUST present the Certificate of Appointment to the supervisor judge or other authorized election worker
- The watcher will take an "oath of watcher", and the certificate must be signed by both the supervisor and watcher
- The watcher must affirm that he or she WILL NOT :
|Election Type||Appointing Authority||Statute/Rule|
|Primary Election||A political party chairperson on behalf of the party / party candidate on the ballot||C.R.S. 1-7-105|
|General Election/Congressional Vacancy||A political party chairperson on behalf of the party / unaffiliated or write-in candidate / registered issue committee for or against a ballot issue||C.R.S. 1-7-106|
|Coordinated Election||A candidate / registered issue committee for or against a ballot issue||C.R.S. 1-7-107|
|Recall Election||Interested Parties||Election Rule 8.2|
PROVIDE A SIGNATURE IMAGE
Prepare a .jpg or .gif file of an electronic signature for your organization's appointment authority along with the Watcher Appointment Request Form.
Without the signature, all certificates for watchers must be signed before being issued to watchers.
SUBMIT YOUR REQUEST
Submit the form, along with the Watcher Training Certificate(s), and the necessary signature image AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
KNOW THE RULES & COMPLETE SECRETARY OF STATE TRAINING
Review the rules and state statute.
Complete the Secretary of State Watcher Training Course.
El Paso County Elections Department | Angie Leath, Director of Elections
Office of the clerk & Recorder, Chuck broerman
Who may appoint watchers?
Becoming a Poll Watcher
DOWNLOAD & COMPLETE THE WATCHER APPOINTMENT REQUEST FORM
Click the icon below to download and save the form (spreadsheet) to your system.
Choose "Save As" when you download the form, and save the document with your name.
Use the tabs at the bottom of the spreadsheet to fill out the necessary information.
Poll Watcher Guidelines
If a watcher is removed for any reason, the County Clerk & Recorder must notify the party, candidate or committee who appointed the watcher.
The removed watcher may be replaced by an alternate watcher.