Final election results will be posted to this webpage when available. For unofficial election results, please visit: the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Webpage.
The next regularly scheduled election in Manitou Springs is Tuesday, November 7, 2023.
2023 is a municipal election year. Offices on the ballot for Manitou Springs voters will be:
- At Large Council Member (3)
Candidates for the November 7, 2023 Election
Mayor (vote for one) 2-year term
City Council At Large (vote for three) 4-year term
Charlotte “Susan” Presti
To be eligible for placement on the ballot, candidates must collect a petition containing at least 25 valid signatures from registered Manitou Springs voters.
As a voter, please keep in mind that you can sign a maximum of three petitions for the at-large seats and one petition for the Mayor seat. Any petitions other than the first three at large petitions and the first singular mayor petition you sign will be considered invalid and will not be counted towards the total signature count for that specific petition.
Becoming a Candidate
All candidates for public office must file a candidate affidavit, which can be picked up in the City Clerk’s Office. A person becomes a candidate at the point where they publicly announce an intent to seek public office and thereafter receives a contribution or makes an expenditure in support of their candidacy. The candidate affidavit must be filed with the City Clerk's Office within 10 days of becoming a candidate.
- Registered elector of the City of Manitou Springs.
- A citizen of the United States for at least five years.
- Must have resided in Manitou Springs for no less than one year.
- If seeking a ward position, you must be a resident of the ward at the time of appointment and during the tenure in office.
Filing for Office
In order to run for a municipal office, a nomination petition must be circulated and submitted during the filing period.
August 8, 2023, marks the first day nomination petitions may be circulated. Nomination petitions must be submitted in person to the City Clerk's Office by 5 p.m. on August 28, 2023.
Nomination petition packets will be available in the City Clerk’s Office on August 8, 2023 at 8:00 a.m.
2023 Election Calendar
Candidate Affidavit due within ten (10) days of becoming a candidate (C.R.S. 1-45-110(1))
August 8, 2023
First day Nomination Petitions may be circulated (C.R.S. 1-4-805)
August 28, 2023
Last day Nomination Petitions may be circulated (Turn in to City Clerk by 5:00 p.m.) (C.R.S. 1-4-805)
September 1, 2023
Last day Nomination Petition signatures, if determined by the City Clerk to be insufficient, may be amended, corrected or replaced (C.R.S. 1-4-805)
|September 4, 2023||Last Day to file affidavit of intent to be write-in candidate.|
September 6, 2023
Lot drawing for the order in which candidate’s names will appear on the ballot which will be conducted by the City Clerk.
September 8, 2023
Last day to finalize the City’s ballot and certify contents to the El Paso County Election Office (C.R.S. 1-5-203(3)(a))
October 16, 2023
First day mail ballots may be sent to registered electors and made available at the El Paso County Election Office (C.R.S. 1-7.5-107(3)(a))
October 17, 2023
Campaign report due to City Clerk per Fair Campaign Practices Act (covers period November 29, 2022 through October 12, 2023) (C.R.S. 1-45-108(2)(a)(II))
November 3, 2023
Campaign report due to City Clerk per Fair Campaign Practices Act (covers period from October 13, 2023 through October 29, 2023) (C.R.S. 1-45-108(2)(a)(II))
November 7, 2023
December 7, 2023
Campaign report due to City Clerk per Fair Campaign Practices Act (covers period from October 30, 2023 through December 2, 2023) (C.R.S. 1-45-108(2)(a)(II))
Campaign report due (if applicable) on November 1st of each year following election (C.R.S. 1-45-108(2)(a)(II))
Campaign Finance Information
Local candidates and committees file all campaign finance reports with the City Clerk. This includes candidate committees, as well as local political and issue committees.
Candidates must form a candidate committee to accept contributions and make expenditures under the authority of that candidate, unless they opt to be a standalone candidate who does not accept contributions and only spends their own money. Candidate committees must register with the City Clerk's Office before accepting contributions or making expenditures.
There are standard reporting deadlines for all candidates and committees, noted in the election calendar above. Additional reports may be required depending upon specific campaign activities.
For more information about campaign finance law and reporting requirements, review the following resources:
- Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.) Title 1, Article 45
- C.R.S. Title 31, Articles 10-11
- Campaign and Political Finance Manual, published by the Colorado Secretary of State
- Private attorneys with expertise in campaign finance and the Colorado Fair Campaign Practices Act
- 2023 City of Manitou Springs Candidate Packet (must pick up in person from the City Clerk)
Campaign Finance Forms
All campaign finance forms are available to on the Secretary of State's website. Most forms have both a PDF and Word version ready to download.
If you have questions or need assistance please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 719-685-2554 or email@example.com.
*Please note that the City Clerk’s Office cannot provide legal advice.