Calling Colorado election law “dusty” and confusing, Democrats announced a plan Monday to update recall election regulations. Democrats called the plan nonpartisan, a straightforward effort to address conflicting, confusing language in state elections code. Republicans didn’t bite, immediately deriding the proposal as an effort to circumvent constitutional requirements for recalls. Colorado’s recall language came into focus last year, when two Democratic state senators were recalled over support for gun-control measures including expanded background checks.
Those September elections were complicated by some constitutional recall guidelines that appeared to conflict with other elections laws.
For example, the state constitution says recall candidates have until 15 days before an election to get onto ballots. That conflicts with other state elections laws and can make it impossible to mail ballots to all eligible voters.
The measure would also align conflicting deadlines for the governor to set a recall election after petition signatures have been turned in.