Elections

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Lakewood voters elected a mayor, a City Council member from each of the city’s five wards, and voted on two ballot questions in the 2019 regular municipal election. This was a mail ballot election. All municipal elections for elected officials are nonpartisan.

The Lakewood City Council includes a mayor elected at-large and 10 council members, two from each of the city's five wards. Lakewood has staggered terms; one council seat from each ward is filled during each regular municipal election. The mayoral election is held every four years. The mayor and council members are elected to four-year terms and may serve two consecutive terms. Terms begin at the first City Council meeting following the election. The City Clerk is the elections official for all regular and special elections in the City of Lakewood. Regular municipal elections for the City of Lakewood are held on the first Tuesday in November in odd-numbered years. Special elections may be called by City Council.

Ballot Drop-Off - Voter Service and Polling Locations(PDF, 246KB)

  • Lakewood Civic Center, 480 S. Allison Parkway on the west side of the building(JPG, 240KB).
  • Carmody Recreation Center, 2200 S. Kipling St.
  • Green Mountain Recreation Center, 13198 W. Green Mountain Drive
  • Jeffco Public Health, 645 Parfet St.
  • Lakewood Library, 10200 W. 20th Ave.
  • Lakewood Link Recreation Center, 1295 S. Reed St. 
  • Red Rocks Community College, Environmental Technology Building, 13302 Fox Run

 

Voter Service and Polling Centers

  • Register to vote or update registration through Election Day
  • Vote in person
  • Drop off your mail ballot
  • Get a replacement ballot
  • Accessible voting equipment

 

Lakewood residents are encouraged to vote in every election. Residents who have registered may vote for the mayor and council candidate in the ward in which the voter lives.

Voter Registration Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • Citizen of the United States
  • Resident of the state of Colorado for at least 22 days
  • Complete a voter registration application

Register to Vote

Municipal elections in Colorado are "nonpartisan," meaning candidates do not run for election on a designated party ticket.

HOW DO I BECOME A CANDIDATE?

  • Be 21 years old.
  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Be a registered voter in the City of Lakewood.
  • Be a resident of Lakewood for at least 12 consecutive months preceding the date of the election and a resident of the ward you wish to represent. Any person elected to office must continue to live within the ward from which he or she was elected throughout the term of office.

 

Things to do:

Read and understand the Lakewood Municipal Code, Chapter 2.54, titled Campaign and Political Finance in Municipal Elections(PDF, 3MB) and the City Clerk's Campaign Finance Rules and Regulations(PDF, 616KB).

Candidate Affidavit

  • Must be submitted within 10 days after an individual becomes a candidate and before circulating any petitions.
  • A person is a candidate for election if the person has publicly announced an intention to seek election to public office, or has received a contribution or made an expenditure in support of the candidacy.

 

Committee Registration Form

  • All candidate committees shall register with the City Clerk within 10 days after accepting any contribution or making any expenditure.

Contribution & Expenditures Report

  • All committees must report all contributions received and all expenditures made as defined in Lakewood Municipal Code, Chapter 2.54, titled Campaign and Political Finance in Municipal Elections and as further defined in the Campaign Finance Rules & Regulations.

 

Candidates must comply with the city of Lakewood guidelines relating to the distribution of campaign literature(PDF, 328KB) and the sign code regulations(PDF, 656KB).

If you have any questions, please call the City Clerk's Office at 303-987-7080.

All election documents submitted to the city of Lakewood are subject to the Colorado Open Records Act and may be open to public inspection, except as provided in the act itself (C.R.S. 24-72-201 to 24-72-309).

Campaign Forms and Submitted Reports

Candidates and organizations seeking to participate in an election in the city of Lakewood must be registered with the City Clerk's Office and must file campaign finance forms and reports by required deadlines.

Access the latest submitted campaign reports, candidate affidavits, and committee registrations.

Candidate Reports               Committee Reports

Candidate Affidavit

Any person that has publicly announced an intention to seek election to public office, OR has received a contribution, OR has made an expenditure in support of the candidacy, is a candidate.

Once you become a candidate for public office, you must file a candidate affidavit.
Candidate Affidavit Form(PDF, 127KB)
Within 10 days after an individual becomes a candidate and before circulating any petition, such individual shall certify, by affidavit filed with the City Clerk, that the candidate is familiar with the provisions of Chapter 2.54 of the Lakewood Municipal Code.

Committee Registration

A candidate committee is a person, including the candidate, or persons with the common purpose of receiving contributions or making expenditures under the authority of a candidate. A contribution to a candidate shall be deemed a contribution to the candidate’s candidate committee. A candidate shall have only one candidate committee. A candidate committee shall be considered open and active until affirmatively closed by the candidate or by action of the City Clerk. All candidate committees shall register with the City Clerk within ten days after accepting any contribution or making any expenditure.
Committee Registration Form(PDF, 100KB)
This form can be used for 527 Political Committees, Candidate Committees, Independent Expenditure Committees, Issue Committees, Political Committees and a Small Donor Committee, as defined in Lakewood Municipal Code Title 2, Chapter 2.54, titled Campaign and Political Finance in Municipal Elections.

Gifts and Honoraria

Open disclosure law in Colorado imposes reporting requirements on every incumbent in or candidate elected to public office who receives particular gifts, honoraria, and other benefits, as defined in CRS § 24-6-203 (2), on or before Jan. 15, April 15, July 15, and Oct. 15 of each year, a report covering the period since the last report.
Gifts and Honoraria Form(PDF, 483KB)

Contributions and Expenditures

All committees must report all contributions received and all expenditures made as defined in Lakewood Municipal Code Title 2, Chapter 2.54, titled Campaign and Political Finance in Municipal Elections.

The City Clerk shall impose a penalty for each day a report is filed late per Chapter 2.54.050 (C) Campaign and Political Finance in Municipal Elections of the Lakewood Municipal Code and Rule #13 of the City Clerk Rules and Regulations.
Contributions and Expenditures Form(XLSX, 231KB)

Limited Liability Company Contribution (LLC)

The in Lakewood Municipal Code Title 2, Chapter 2.54.030, Section G, titled Limited Liability Companies, governs the types of contributions that can be accepted from Limited Liability Companies and how such donations are required to be reported.
LLC Form(PDF, 92KB)

Complaint

Any person who believes that a violation of this Chapter has occurred may file a written complaint with the City Clerk no later than one hundred twenty (120) days after the date of filing of the report containing the alleged violation.  To file the complaint, please download and complete our form and email to the City Clerk's Office.
Campaign Finance Complaint Form(PDF, 97KB)