Senate President John Morse is set to be the first lawmaker in Colorado history to be recalled. This afternoon the Secretary of State’s office certified recall organizers had turned in sufficient valid signatures to go forward.
From the press release:
Denver, Colorado – Today Secretary of State Scott Gessler announced the petition to recall Senator John Morse (SD-11) was found sufficient as required by statute. A copy of the statement of sufficiency is attached.
On June 3, 2013, the proponents of the recall effort submitted 16,198 petition signatures to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State’s office began an immediate line-by-line review of the signatures. The proponents were required to gather 7,178 valid signatures, equaling 25 percent of all the votes cast in the previous election for Senate District 11. The total number of valid signatures on the petition was 10,137.
Under Colorado law, there is a fifteen day protest period, during which any eligible elector can file a protest with the Secretary of State. Barring a successful protest, at the conclusion of the protest period, the Governor will be responsible for setting an election date. The election date will be held between 45-75 days from the end of the protest period.
What’s left to be determined is whether Morse will stand for the election, or resign to protect the seat for Democrats.
Either way, Morse loses or resigns, a signal will be sent across the nation to not infringe on Second Amendment rights.