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To vote in City of Rifle elections, you must be a citizen of the United States, be at least 18 years of age on or before the election, have resided in the city limits of Rifle at least 22 days before the election, and have registered to vote.

• General Info:
Regular Municipal Election

The Regular Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, September 10, 2019. All Council seats are at-large positions. There are three seats up for election. The three candidates receiving the most votes will be elected for four year terms ending in September 2023. 
The Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem will be appointed by the Council at the Organizational Meeting. 

Candidate Qualifications
To run for municipal office, a candidate must be a citizen of the United States, have resided in the City of Rifle for one year prior to the date of the election and be a qualified elector as defined by the laws of the State of Colorado. Additionally, a petition of nomination must be filed with the City Clerk. 

Nomination Petitions
A candidate for municipal office is required to submit a nomination petition containing 15 signatures of registered electors.  The signatures must come from registered electors within the City of Rifle. 

Candidates may begin to circulate nomination petitions on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. They must be filed with the City Clerk’s office prior to the close of business on Monday, July 1, 2019.

Voting Eligibility

To vote in City of Rifle elections, you must be a citizen of the United States, be at least 18 years of age on or before the election, have resided in the city limits of Rifle at least 22 days before the election, and have registered to vote. Visit the Colorado Secretary of State's website to register to vote or to verify that your voter registration is accurate.

Colorado Fair Campaign Practices Act

Candidates must file campaign finance reports with the City Clerk’s office as required by the Colorado Fair Campaign Practices Act (FCPA). Failure to file the proper forms will result in the disqualification of a person as a candidate.


Candidates’ names are placed on the ballot by lot. On Tuesday July 9, 2019, at 9:00 a.m., names of all of the candidates who have submitted complete petitions will be placed in a basket, and will be drawn 1 at a time to determine the order on the ballot.

The 1st name drawn will appear first on the ballot, the 2nd name will appear second on the ballot, etc.

Compensation of Elected Officials

Councilors are compensated $400 per month; the Mayor is compensated $600 per month. Council may also receive compensation in the form of travel reimbursement for attending meetings and conferences, meals for certain meetings, and payment of registration fees for meetings and conferences. A City vehicle is sometimes available for travel to such meetings

Mail Ballot Election

City Council has authorized a mail ballot election for this Regular Municipal Election. Ballots will be mailed beginning  August 19, 2019, and must be returned to the City Clerk by 7 p.m. on September 10th.

Ballots may be mailed in or dropped off at:
City Hall
202 Railroad Avenue
Rifle, CO 81650

Ballots are accepted until 7 p.m. on election day.

Absent Voter Ballots

If you will be absent from your residence when ballot packets are mailed in August, you can receive an absent voter ballot at an alternate address. Applications for absent voter ballots are available beginning June 12, 2019.

To obtain an application, view one online (PDF), go to the City Clerk’s office, or call 665-6405 and request that one be mailed. Absent voter ballots cannot be sent without having a completed application on file. Absent voter ballots will be available through Friday, September 6, 2019.

Watchers of Election

Candidates are allowed to appoint a watcher during the election. Watchers must have an official appointment certificate issued by the City Clerk. More information is available here.

Counting the Vote

Ballots will be counted on Election Day. No one is allowed in the polling place other than the City Clerk, the Administrative Assistant, and the election judges during this process. The certificate of votes cast is expected to be complete by 10 p.m. Watch for it to be posted on our website on the home page under Rifle News.

Election Judges

The City Clerk will appoint at least 3 election judges. Election judges work prior to Election Day, and on Election Day, until the votes have been counted. They are also required to attend an election judge training session prior to the election. 

Election Campaign Signs

It is up to each candidate to determine what type and how much campaigning he/she would like to do. Political signs are exempt from the regular sign permitting process in the Rifle Municipal Code, and may be installed for a period of not more than 60 days prior to the election, provided they meet the following provisions:

Temporary Political Campaign Signs

Signs with pertinent data, signs announcing candidates seeking public office with pertinent data, or signs relating to ballot issues, shall be allowed, subject to the following limitations:
  • Residential district signs shall not exceed 3 square feet per face or 6 square feet total.
  • In commercially zoned locations, the maximum sign area shall be 10 square feet for each sign face, or 20 square feet total.
  • Such signs shall be placed no closer than 8 feet from the nearest pavement edge.
  • All such signs shall be removed no later than 7 days after the election for which they are intended.

Election Calendar

Follow this link to a calendar (PDF)  listing key dates associated with the municipal election.

Home Rule Charter

Follow this link to a copy of the City of Rifle Home Rule Charter (PDF).