There are three categories of observers who are permitted in Voter Service and Polling Centers or Ballot Processing areas:
Who May Appoint Poll Watchers?
The following lists who is entitled to appoint poll watchers.
|General Election or Congressional Vacancy Election||
|Coordinated Election (Denver school board or special district)||
Appointing authorities may fill out the Poll Watcher Appointment List spreadsheet, listing those people they wish to give poll watcher status to and the Voter Service and Polling Center or Ballot Processing area where they will be assigned.
Close family members (by blood or marriage) are prohibited from being poll watchers for a candidate in the precincts where they are on the ballot. Consult the Table of Consanguinity below. The yellow boxes denote prohibited family members.
Submit these lists as early as possible. Processing of poll watcher certificates starts about two weeks prior to an election. Do not wait until the last minute to submit your list.
All names on your appointment list will be checked for voter registration status. Then Appointment Certificates will be created and emailed to you.
To appoint poll watchers, use the Excel spreadsheet to list your appointees. Email the completed spreadsheet to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carefully read the state statute and Colorado Secretary of State Rules regarding poll watchers.
Upon visiting a Voter Service and Polling Center or Ballot Processing Center, poll watchers must present a completed and signed Appointment Certificate to the supervisor. When the certificate is presented, the supervisor will administer the poll watcher oath. Then both the supervisor and poll watcher must sign the oath on the certificate.