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Governor:1(Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms)
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 2 and 3)
2000 Census:4,311,882 (1.53% of 281,998,273)
2004, 2008 Electors:9(1.67% of 538)
2002-2010 Representatives:7(1.61% of 435)
2010 Census:5,044,930 (1.63% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electors:9(1.67% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:7(1.61% of 435)

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Official Name/Status   All States
 The STATE of Colorado
 Status: STATE of the Union
 Organized as a Territory: 28 February 1861. 12 Stat. 172: carved from portions of Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico and Utah Territories
 Admitted to the Union as a State: 1 August 1876 upon Proclamation by President Ulysses S. Grant (19 Stat. 665). (Earlier, an Act of Admission for Colorado- under the 1864 Enabling Act- had been twice vetoed by President Andrew Johnson, on 15 May 1866 and 28 January 1867)
  The 38th state.

Traditional Sections and Regions   All States
 Section: WEST
 Region: Intermountain
 Survey: Public Domain

Constitutions   All States     Links to State Constitutions
 Enabling Act (of the Congress of the United States): 3 March 1875 [18 Stat. 474: authorizing formation of a State government and Admission thereafter. (A previous Enabling Act [13 Stat. 32]- merely authorizing formation of a State government- had been passed by Congress, 21 March 1864, but was mooted with the two vetoes of President Andrew Johnson re: Colorado's Admission)]
1st (1876-) [Adopted: 14 March 1876 Convention convened, 20 December 1875. (An earlier Convention, convened under authority of the 1864 Enabling Act in August 1865, had drafted a State Constitution mooted by President Andrew Johnson's two vetoes of Colorado's Admission), Ratified: 1 July 1876 effective upon Admission, 1 August 1876. (The earlier Constitution drafted in August 1865 had been ratified by the People on 5 September 1865)]

Executive Branch   All States
Chief Executive
Successor to a Vacancy
  Lieutenant Governor
Major Executive Officers Elected Statewide   All States   2021 Office holders
  Governor: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
  Lieutenant Governor: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022. Elected on a ticket- and nominated- with the Governor
  Secretary of State: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022
  Treasurer: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022
  Attorney General: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022

Legislative Branch   All States
  LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY (1861-1876) [as a Territory]
  General Assembly (1876--)
Upper House
  Council (1861-1876) [as a Territory]
  Senate (1876--)
Lower House
  House of Representatives (1861--) [as a Territory and a State]

Judicial Branch   All States
Court of Last Resort
  Supreme Court (1876--) Constitutional Court [IN and FOR: State]
Intermediate Appellate Court
  Court of Appeals (1891-1905) Statutory Court [IN and FOR: State]
  Court of Appeals (1912-1915) Statutory Court [IN and FOR: State]
  Court of Appeals (1970--) Statutory Court [IN and FOR: State]
General Trial Jurisdiction
  District Court (1876--) Constitutional Court [IN: district FOR: county]
Limited Jurisdiction
  Municipal Court Statutory Court [IN and FOR: municipality]
  Justices of the Peace (1876-1965) Constitutional Court [IN and FOR: precinct]
  County Court (1965--) Constitutional Court [IN and FOR: county]
Special Jurisdiction
  Criminal Court (1876--) Constitutional Court [FOR: county]
  County Court (1876-1965) Constitutional Court [IN and FOR: county]
  Denver Juvenile Court (1965--) Constitutional Court [IN and FOR: City and County of Denver]
  Denver Probate Court (1965--) Constitutional Court [IN and FOR: City and County of Denver]

Local Government
  County [Type: Strong, Executive and Legislative: BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS]
   precinct [Type: Vestigial, Executive and Legislative: no associated governmental structure. Precincts were, at one time, the unit associated with Justices of the Peace]
Incorporated Municipalities  All States
  City [Separated from MCD: ---, Population requirement(s): 2,000 +, Form(s) of government: Mayor/Council;
    Colorado Civil Divisions and Municipalities

Key Statewide / Federal Officials  All States
  Colorado Officials

Statutory Election Information   All States
General Election   All States
  (1876-1878) the dates of the first two elections were set by the CO Constitution as the 1st Tuesday of October; beginning in 1880, the date of General Elections in COLORADO could be set by statute.
  (1880--) biennial: Tuesday next after 1st Monday of November of even-numbered years.
[CO Revised Statutes 1-4-201 (as authorized by the revised Article VII, Section 7 of the CO Constitution which states that the date of the General Election "shall be held on such day as prescribed by law")]
Presidential Primary   All States
  Friday next after 1st Tuesday in March of Presidential Election years
[CO Revised Statutes 1-4-1202(1)]
  (2011-2019) ... the precinct caucuses shall be held on the first Tuesday in March ... [CO Revised Statutes 1-3-102 (1) (a) (I)]
  (2020--) In the 2016 general election, voters approved Proposition 107 which restores the presidential primary election. SB 17-305 1-4-1203: "A presidential primary election shall be held on a Tuesday on a date designated by the governor. The date selected for the primary must be no earlier than the date the national rules of the major political parties provide for state delegations to the party's national convention to be allocated without penalty and not later than the third Tuesday in March"
State Primary   All States
  (--2011) 2nd Tuesday in August of even-numbered years
[CO Revised Statutes 1-4-101(1)]
  (2011--) ... a primary election shall be held ... on the last Tuesday in June of even-numbered years ... [CO Revised Statutes 1-4-101(1)]
Polling times   All States
  Polls open: 7 AM local time
Polls close: 7 PM local time
[CO Revised Statutes 1-7-101]
10 May 2013 update: Colorado will vote mostly by mail.

Links  Links to other web sites
Election Authority
  Colorado Secretary of State
  Colorado Secretary of State - Elections Center
  Secretary of State - Elections & Voting
Legislature    All States
  Colorado General Assembly
  Colorado Republican Party
Third Party
  America First Party of Colorado
  American Constitution Party of Colorado
  Colorado Affiliate Of The Constitution Party
  Colorado Right to Life
  Justice Party of Colorado
  Libertarian Party of Colorado
  The Green Party of Colorado
  The Unity Party of Colorado
  Unity Party of Colorado
Media & others
  Aspen Daily News
  Aurora Daily Sun & Sentinel
  BizWest - Boulder
  Carbondale Valley Journal
  Colorado Daily - Boulder
  Colorado Political News -
  Colorado Politics, News and Inside Information
  Criag Daily Press
  Delta County Independent
  Denver Post
  Glenwood Springs Post Independent
  Greeley Tribune
  Gunnison Country Times
  Haxtun-Fleming Herald
  Lamar Daily News
  Mineral County Miner
  Monte Vista Journal
  Montrose Daily Press
  Pine River Times - Bayfield - Colorado
  Pueblo Chieftain
  Rifle Citizen Telegram
  Rio Blanco Herald Times
  Rocky Mountain News - Denver
  Snowmass Village Sun
  Summit Daily News - Frisco
  The Aspen Times
  The Canyon Courier - Evergreen
  The Colorado Independent - Denver
  The Coloradoan - Fort Collins
  The Crested Butte News
  The Daily Camera - Boulder
  The Daily Sentinel - Grand Junction
  The Daily Times-Call - Longmont
  The Denver Business Journal
  The Durango Herald
  The Fort Morgan Times
  The Gazette - Colorado Springs
  The Herald Democrat - Leadville
  The Journal Advocate - Sterling
  The Mountain Mail - Salida
  The Mountain-Ear - Nederland
  Times-Call - Longmont
  Vail Daily

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