Yesterday afternoon, lawyers for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jon Keyser argued that the candidate, who was 86 signatures short due to a technicality, should be on the ballot. The biggest issue is that signature gatherer Tyler Gonzalez, a registered Republican, moved into the district in which he was collecting signatures, but did not update his voter registration with the Secretary of State. That was enough to invalidate the 186 signatures Gonzalez gathered, according to the Secretary of the State.
According to the legal document submitted by Keyser’s lawyers, “despite his failure to update his address, Mr. Gonzalez substantially complied with all relevant requirements of Colorado Elections Code when he circulated petitions for the Keyser campaign.”
As we reported earlier this week, this argument is not without precedent as Eric Weissmann, Republican candidate for Congressional District 2, successfully used similar arguments to gain access to the ballot in 2012.
While it’s likely that the judge is able to overcome her partisan leanings, it’s worth noting that the judge is a Hickenlooper appointee. Nonetheless, Weissmann’s attorney, Mario Nicolais, said that the case looked like a slam dunk and believed Keyser would be on the ballot.
The judge has not yet made a determination, although, one is expected in short order. There’s been no word yet on whether the signatures for fellow Republican U.S. candidate petitioners, Ryan Frazier and Robert Blaha, have been accepted. The Republican candidates on the ballot include The Preacher Darryl Glenn and Jack Graham.
The Secretary of State is pressed for time in order to prepare ballots for the June primary election. Stay tuned, PeakNation™. We’ll keep you updated.