C.R.S. Section 37-42-112
District elections

  • definition


Elections are of two kinds, general and special. A general election shall be held once each year in the month of January, at a date, time, and place designated by the board. Any business requiring or permitting a vote of the landowners may be transacted at the election, including always the election of a board of directors for the ensuing year. A special election may be called at any time by the board of directors by resolution duly passed and entered of record in the minutes of the proceedings of the board. Notice of a general election must call attention to the date and place of the election. In addition, notice of a special election must state the nature of the business to be transacted at the election, and no business shall be transacted at the special election other than that mentioned in the call. In either case, notice shall be delivered electronically or by United States mail to each landowner of the district who is qualified to vote in district elections at the landowner’s last address as shown by the records of the district at least thirty days prior to the date of the election and also published once each week for four consecutive weeks immediately preceding the election in a newspaper designated by the board and of general circulation within the district.


The following landowners who own agricultural land within a district are entitled to vote at all district elections and at elections for a proposed district under section 37-42-107:


A landowner who is a natural person over the age of eighteen years, is a citizen of the United States, is a resident of the state of Colorado, and has paid or is obligated to pay property taxes upon real property located within the district for the calendar year preceding the election;


A landowner that is not a natural person and that has paid or is obligated to pay property taxes upon real property located within the district for the calendar year preceding the election. In order to vote at an election, the landowner must authorize an agent who satisfies the residency and age requirements set forth in subsection (2)(a) of this section to vote on its behalf at the election and must provide written notice of the authorized agent to the district in a form satisfactory to the district.


The unit of voting power is one acre within a district or proposed district, each landowner being entitled to cast as many votes as the landowner has acres of land within the district or proposed district, and, in casting such votes, the landowner may vote in person or by proxy. A district may establish in its bylaws, rules, or regulations qualifications for persons acting as proxies. A person desiring to act as proxy for another must file written authority therefor before being allowed to vote, which authority:


Shall be retained as part of the proceedings of the meeting at which the vote is cast; and


Is not valid at any other meeting.


If the district is divided into precincts, a landowner is entitled to vote at an election in the precinct where he or she resides or, if the landowner is not a natural person or is a nonresident of the district, in the precinct within which the greater portion of the landowner’s land is located. The board of directors of the district may order that the entire district constitutes one election precinct, in which case the board shall establish one polling place in the precinct and shall appoint only three judges of election, who constitute a board of election, and all qualified voters voting at the election must vote at the polling place so established.


As used in this section, “agricultural land” has the meaning set forth in section 39-1-102 (1.6); except that “agricultural land” does not include any land that has been platted or subdivided into residence or business lots.

Source: Section 37-42-112 — District elections - definition, https://leg.­colorado.­gov/sites/default/files/images/olls/crs2023-title-37.­pdf (accessed Oct. 20, 2023).

Petition for organization - schedule - bond
Date of hearing - notice
Preliminary report
Hearing - adjournments
Adverse report - investigations
Notice of organization meeting and election
Organization - meeting - voting
Directors - election
Directors to file map
Directors to organize - powers
Meetings of directors - notice
District elections - definition
Powers of district - loans for improvements - rules
Landowners - definition - evidence of ownership
Land board as landowner
Directors to adopt plans
Bond election - ballots
Additional bonds
Sale of bonds - notice
Bonds - assessments
Rescission of action authorizing bonds
Construction of works - bids - notice - contract - bond
Fiscal year - appropriation resolution
Assessment of lands - valuation
Levy to pay interest and expenses
Collection of assessments
Call of bonds - surplus fund
Payment of general expenses
Relief from bonded indebtedness
Exclusion of land from district
Inclusion of land in district
District to lease surplus water
Drainage of lands - surveys
Sale of surplus water - proceeds
Confirmation of organization and bonds
Dissolution of district - election
Districts organized after April 7, 1921
Ratification of irrigation district
Green check means up to date. Up to date

Current through Fall 2024

§ 37-42-112’s source at colorado​.gov