Laws governing recall in Colorado
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Colorado is one of nine states with provisions that say that the right of recall extends to recalling members of its federal congressional delegation, but it hasn't been clear whether federal courts would allow states to actually recall their federal politicians.
- Main article: Colorado signature requirements
Filing for recall
First, a recall petition must be filed with the office in which nomination petitions are filed for the official that is being recalled. Generally, this office is the Colorado Secretary of State. The petition must include a statement of no less than 200 words explaining the ground on which the official is to be recalled. This regulation is for the benefit of citizens who will sign the petition.
After the petition is approved by the Secretary of State, circulation of the petition may begin. Petitioners have 60 days to gather the proper number of signatures. After the proper number of signatures have been gathered the petition is submitted to the office in which it was filed to be deemed sufficient. This entails verifying the signatures. Once the petition has been deemed sufficient, the office in which it was filed will deliver the petition along with a certificate of its sufficiency to the governor who will then set a date for the recall election.
After the petition has been deemed sufficient, the official against whom the recall was filed may resign within five days without having the recall election held against them. If the official does not resign, the recall election will go on as scheduled. The election will be held not more than 60 days after the petition was deemed sufficient but not within 30 days after. However, if a general election is within 90 days of filing, then the recall election will be held in conjunction with the general election.
The ballot will include the original statement from the petitioners as to why the official in question should be recalled, as well as a no more than 300 word rebuttal from the official, if the official submits a statement.
The ballot will have two boxes, marked "Yes" approving the recall and "No" disapproving the recall. There will also be a list of candidates whom those who voted for the recall may vote to replace the official. In this sense, the recall election is held simultaneously with the election of the new official.
If a majority of participants vote "No" in the recall, the official against whom the recall was filed will remain in his or her position. If there is a majority of "Yes" votes, then the new official will be the candidate on the list with the most votes.
- Colorado Constitution Article 21 (dead link)
- National Conference of State Legislatures, Statewide Recall
- The Recall Elections Blog, "Colorado: Supreme Court reverses Center recall ruling; reinstates recall decision," January 31, 2014