Pueblo voters can start casting ballots in the contentious Sept. 10 recall election beginning Friday at one location — the Pueblo County election’s office at 720 N. Main St., from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. County Clerk Gilbert “Bo” Ortiz made that announcement today after a Denver district court judge ruled that Ortiz could use voter information cards as a quick way to get voters through the process. All voters will have to sign a signature card affirming their identity. The recall election is for state Sen. Angela Giron, D-Pueblo. “We’ll have that one polling place open starting Friday and also on Monday, Labor Day,” Ortiz said after Denver District Judge Robert McGahey ruled on a number of challenges to the recall rules proposed by Secretary of State Scott Gessler.
Responding to complaints from Pueblo County Republicans, Gessler had ruled on Tuesday that the voter information cards sent out to Senate District 3 voters could not be accepted as proof of identity or residency.
The cards have each voter’s name, address and a voter identification number. Ortiz intends for voters to use them for “express” voting and his election manual said voters with those cards could by-pass signing a signature card for verification.