What Are the Requirements?


  • Ballot opponents and proponents must be registered as such with the Colorado Secretary of State if a state ballot issue or with Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder if a Jefferson County issue.
  • Candidates and family members may not be poll watchers in the precincts where the candidate is running for office (see Table of Consanguinity (PDF)).
  • If appointed by a party, poll watchers must be affiliated with that party or unaffiliated.
  • If selected by an unaffiliated candidate, poll watchers must be unaffiliated.
  • Poll Watchers are not required to be registered to vote in the county where they are watching, but must be registered to vote within Colorado.
  • A watcher must complete a training provided by or approved by the Secretary of State before observing election activities where confidential or personally identifiable information may be within view.