Colorado Secretary of State

Employer / Organization


Next Election

Nov 08, 2022

Filing Window

Jan 18, 2022 - Jul 14, 2022


The Colorado Secretary of State is an elected constitutional officer in Colorado's state government. Elected every four years, the secretary of state oversees the registration of Colorado businesses, notaries, charities, trade names and a variety of other factors, manages the state's elections and administers campaign finance laws. The secretary handles a variety of matters related to registration, filing and administration. Some prominent duties include: Registering businesses, trade names and handling other business-related filings; Administering the Uniform Commercial Code in Colorado; Registering charitable organizations and professional fundraisers, as well as political lobbyists; Licensing notaries public; Certifying bingo, raffle and other gaming managers; Running the state's elections, registering voters, managing campaign finance laws and filings, certifying citizen ballot initiatives and other elections-related tasks. The salary for this office is $68,500/year.

Application Guidelines
1) Contact the State of Colorado Secretary of State Elections Division office to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. 2) Obtain and complete the required filing papers and submit the required filing papers to the Colorado Secretary of State Elections Division office. If you plan to run as an unaffiliated candidate, these filing papers include campaign finance forms and a petition format you must request from the Colorado Secretary of State Elections Division. If you plan to run as a major party candidate please contact your party headquarters. Major party candidates can gain ballot access to the primary held the last Tuesday in June either through party assemblies or by a primary petition that must be submitted to the Colorado Secretary of State Elections Division no later than 85 days before they primary election. Minor party candidates have different filing requirements and are encouraged to consult with the Colorado Secretary of State Elections Division. 3) If running as an unaffiliated candidate, circulate the petitions between 173 and 117 days before the general election held in November to appear on the ballot. Petition signature requirements vary by office. If you have any questions please contact the Colorado Secretary of State Elections Division by phone at 303-895-2000. For more information see the Colorado Secretary of State website: And the 2016 Colorado Election Calendar: