Skip to comments.El Paso County clerk asks court to order a Sen. John Morse recall election date
Posted on 07/14/2013 10:23:11 AM PDT by Red Steel
El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Wayne Williams filed court papers in Denver on Thursday to demand a date for the election that could recall Colorado Springs Democratic state Sen. John Morse.
Legal wrangling has tied up the effort to recall Morse, who was targeted over his stance on gun control measures that passed the General Assembly this year. A protest of the recall effort was filed by Catherine Kleinsmith of Colorado Springs, who claims the recall petitions used in the campaign to oust Morse don't meet constitutional muster.
The protest was denied by the secretary of state's office then appealed to Denver District Court.
The legal action prevents Gov. John Hickenlooper from setting a date for the Morse recall election.
"We are concerned and disappointed that no election date for the recall election has been set. Colorado's Constitution requires it to be set immediately, and that hasn't happened," Williams said in a statement. "Any delay in setting the date runs the real risk of disenfranchising voters by running out the clock for this office to run the election while abiding by constitutional and statutory provisions."
Now, Williams filed to intervene in Kleinsmith's suit to have the court demand an election date from Hickenlooper. A hearing is set for next week.
Ryan Parsell, a spokesman for Williams' office, said the county is hoping to hold the election Aug. 27, which would allow enough time for the man who wants to replace Morse, former City Councilman Bernie Herpin, to petition onto the ballot.
Parsell said another worry is getting ballots printed in time for an all-mail vote.
It's unclear whether Williams will be heard in court. First a judge would have to allow Williams to intervene in the lawsuit. In making that call, the judge will consider whether Williams has legal standing to join the case.
Parsell didn't know when the court would respond to Williams' motion to intervene.
While Williams is a Republican, Parsell said, there's no political motivation behind the effort to set a recall date.
"At the end of the day, we have to administer the election, and we do that as bipartisanly as possible," Parsell said.
Or perhaps 'Baja Wyoming.'
“Or perhaps ‘Baja Wyoming.’ “
Please, we don’t need any more “Hispanic” sounding states. New Mexico is bad enough!
Please, we dont need any more Hispanic sounding states. New Mexico is bad enough!
Hate to break it to you, but “Colorado” is a Spanish name, as well.
lol was just typing that!!!!!!!!!!
lol was just typing that!!!!!!!!!!
You got room to talk.
Gessler sues Hickenlooper, wants recall election date set ... the Democrats strategy is to delay the process as much as possible.
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Thanks. Always an underlying motive to the Democrats. As we have learned time and time again, they are less concerned about justice and more concerned about pushing their agenda and protecting their own.
Actually it's pretty much the entire state apart from the Denver/Boulder Bubble.
It would be nice if the "Denver/Boulder" Bubble State could be ejected and forced to form their own state. They can keep the Capitol Building and the new neo-Fascist State Supreme Court building (along with the bond issue to pay for it.)
“..gotta delay so we can create some voters for election....”