Colorado Secretary of State’s Office Approves Petitions, Recall of Senators Moves Forward
by Max Slowik
The recall efforts by gun rights activists to remove pro gun-control Colorado senator Angela Giron (D-Pueblo) and senate president John Morse (D-Colo. Springs) from office will continue following a decision made by the office of the secretary of state.
Deputy secretary of state Suzanne Staiert confirmed that the recall petitions signed by Colorado voters to trigger the recall election were constitutional following challenges by Morse and Giron which claimed that they were not properly worded.
Additionally, Angela Giron filed for a change of venue, saying that the Republican-led secretary of state’s office would not be able to fairly decide if the petition to recall her was written in compliance with the state’s laws. He request was denied, although both are expected to appeal the decision in Denver district court.
Morse’s argument was that the petition was incomplete, and that the petition didn’t state that there would have to be an election to replace the senator.
“No one quibbles that this language is a requirement of the Constitution,” argued attorney Mark Grueskin on behalf of Morse at the closed hearing. “[O]ver half the voter’s in Morse’s district were mistaken about what would happen next in the recall process. The whole point of the requirements is that there be real information in the petition so that people know what they’re signing up for, not just a Morse recall, but also an open election to name his successor.”