Colorado’s secretary of state has concerns about how Jefferson County will pull off having a recall election on the regular November election ballot. After Jefferson County Clerk Faye Griffin announced Thursday that the recall of three school board members would be placed on the general election ballot Nov. 3, Secretary of State Wayne Williams sent a letter asking for more details. “Your limited window for setting the recall election date presents challenges no matter which date you choose,” Williams wrote. “Because of this timeline you will need near-optimal circumstances to place both recall and coordinated content on the same ballot and meet the ballot-mailing deadline for the coordinated election.”
If the county has to hold a special election for the recall, Jefferson County Public Schools will have to cover the costs. If the recall is on the Nov. 3 ballot, the district will not incur extra charges because the ballot already includes a school board election for two seats.
Williams cites statutes that give successor candidates who have filed paperwork up to 37 days before Election Day — Sept. 8, according to the Jeffco clerk’s office — to turn in signatures to appear on the ballot. But statute also requires ballots to military and overseas voters are sent out no letter than 45 days before the election.