Your runoff questions (well, some of them), answered

Election day has come and gone. Now what?
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Lots and lots of ballots in need of processing at Denver’s Election Division headquarters on Bannock Street. April 5, 2023.
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No, election season is not over yet.

We still don't have a mayor, though we do have two finalists. And there are still four City Council district races that have to be decided.

You've been sending several questions about the runoff our way, and here are a few answers to some of the more common ones we've been asked.

When will ballots be mailed and what will be on them?

Ballots will be sent out on May 15 and are due by Election Day on June 6.

The runoffs will occur in the mayoral race, plus four Council races where no candidate received 50% or more of the vote.

Here's who you will likely see on the ballot (listed in the order that they finished in April 4 voting):

Mayor: Mike Johnston versus Kelly Brough

District 7: Flor Alvidrez versus Nick Campion

District 8: Shontel Lewis versus Brad Revare

District 9: Incumbent Candi CdeBaca versus Darrell Watson

District 10: Incumbent Chris Hinds versus Shannon Hoffman

Write-in candidates are not allowed this time around, according to the Denver Clerk & Recorder's office.

To date, 45 votes were cast for write-in candidates last week.  But there won't be room for them on the next ballot. This means that banding together around a third option for mayor or city council candidate won't make a difference.

We also will not see any referred questions on this ballot. They are allowed, but none were referred by City Council to voters by the deadline.

Here's how campaign financing will work.

Individual campaign contribution limits do not reset for the runoff. This means that if someone already hit the contribution limit for a candidate, they cannot donate again this time around.

The individual contribution limit is $500 for mayoral candidates, and $200 for District Council candidates (those figures are higher for candidates who opted out of the Fair Elections Fund, but in this case, all candidates in the runoff have received Fair Elections Fund money).

Speaking of which, candidates in the Fair Elections Fund will get one final check from the city. That will be a one-time payment equal to 25% of all the fair election fund contributions a candidate raised. Those checks will go out after the election is certified on April 20.

And finally: whoever gets elected to Council and as mayor will start the job on July 17.

Any more questions? Send us an email to [email protected],

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