Colorado

Eligible for Recall: Michael Bennett (D): elected to second full term in 2016, up for reelection in 2022; Cory Gardner (R): elected to first term in 2014, up for reelection in 2020.

Signature Requirement: 25% of voters in last election for the Senator

Circulation Time: 60 days

Type of Recall Election: Simultaneous with General Election

Constitutional Provision: Article XXI (added November 5, 1912)

Recall from Office

Section 1. State officers may be recalled. Every elective public officer of the state of Colorado may be recalled from office at any time by the registered electors entitled to vote for a successor of such incumbent through the procedure and in the manner herein provided for, which procedure shall be known as the recall, and shall be in addition to and without excluding any other method of removal provided by law.

Initial Procedure: First a recall petition must be filed with the office in which nomination petitions are filed for the official that is being recalled. Generally this office is the Colorado Secretary of State. The petition must include a statement of no less than 200 words explaining the grounds on which the official is to be recalled. This measure is for the benefit of citizens who will sign the petition.

Contact Info:
Colorado Secretary of State
1700 Broadway, Ste. 270
Denver, CO 80290
Phone: (393) 984-2200

Court Activity

Judge Upholds Colorado Town's Recall Election

Colorado Supreme Court to Rule on Town's Recall Election

Colorado Sec. State Sues Governor to Set Date for Recall

News & Commentary

Colorado Mayor, Mayor Pro Tem Recalled over Rental Inspection Program | 12/07/16

Recall elections will be held for two city council seats in Federal Heights early next year after residents and petitioners successfully unseated both Mayor Daniel Dick and Ward 1 Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem John Hamlin.

A three-member group of residents formed a recall committee last spring and circulated petitions to remove Dick and Hamlin based primarily on their support for a 2013 city rental inspection program that many residents said was invasive and unfair.

To get a recall, members of that committee -- called Renters Have Rights Too -- needed to gather enough signatures from residents to equal 25 percent of the votes that each candidate received for their election in November 2015.

That came out to 295 votes for Dick and (300 names were confirmed), and 84 votes for Hamlin (102 were confirmed). Both Dick and Hamlin appealed City Clerk Patti Lowell's decision that the petitions were sufficient.

At his hearing, Dick entered pages of complaints by dozens of petition signers who wanted their signatures removed for various reasons -- some saying that they didn't fully understand what they were signing.

Lowell said those names cannot be recanted after the petition has been filed. Dick and Hamlin will retain their seats until the special election, which is set for early next year.

The elections will be held via mail-in ballot. All voters in Federal Heights will receive ballots in the middle of January for the mayor's seat, and voters living in Ward 1 will have an additional question on their ballots for Hamlin's seat. Ballots are due back Feb. 7.

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Colorado Mayor's Recall Petition Drive Continues | 05/03/16

CASTLE ROCK (CBS4)- The recall petition for the mayor of Castle Rock will continue after eight protests against the recall were denied. The Castle Rock Town Council must set a recall election according to the town's charter.

A group obtained the required number of signatures to petition the recall of Castle Rock Mayor Paul Donahue.

Eight protests were filed to challenge the validity of the petition but Independent Hearing Officer Karen Goldman issued her decision on Monday and stated she found, "no credible evidence of petition failure as part of any of the protests."

As a result of her decision, the Town Council will discuss the date of the recall election during its regular meeting Tuesday night.

Donahue will continue to serve in office during the recall process. Donahue was first elected in 2008 and most recently in 2012.

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Longtime Resident Replaces Recalled Town Councilman | 10/20/15

ASPEN -- A resident of the Roaring Fork Valley for more than 40 years, Tom Goode is already well-known to many people in Snowmass Village.

Many of them expressed their confidence in his leadership, as well, when they elected him to be their newest Town Council member on Tuesday. Goode received 341 votes to replace Chris Jacobson, who was voted out on Tuesday in the town's first-ever recall election.

Goode will be sworn in Nov. 2. Although the town originally anticipated swearing him in at the council's next meeting on Oct. 19, state law requires a 10-day gap after recall elections, according to a statement released Wednesday.

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Colorado School Board Members to Face Recall on Nov. 3 | 09/09/15

JEFFERSON COUNTY -- The recall question targeting the three conservative members of the Jeffco school board will be on the Nov. 3 general election ballot, according to a spokeswoman from the county clerk's office.

Up until the announcement from Beth Clippinger, assistant to Jeffco Clerk Faye Griffin, it was unclear whether the county would have to schedule a special election for the ongoing efforts to recall school board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams. A special election would cost more than $500,000 and would be paid for by the school district.

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Snowmass Village Recall Election Set | 09/01/15

An election to recall Snowmass Village Councilman Chris Jacobson is now officially set for Oct. 13.

The Town Council voted 4-0 Monday in favor of setting the date, an action prompted by a successful residents' petition effort. The election will be mail-in, and ballots will be sent out Sept. 21.

Jacobson was absent from Monday's meeting as well as last week's, both special meetings scheduled for the Town Council to work through the review of an application to amend current development approvals for Base Village. Jacobson told the council he would be taking a two-week vacation and returning Sept. 15; his absence last week was for another reason.

After the recall petition was verified as having the required number of signatures and a 15-day protest period passed with none filed, the petition was deemed sufficient Aug. 24, Jacobson had a five-day window in which he could have resigned from office and avoid the election.

In keeping with his statements thus far in the process, Jacobson did not tender his resignation, and so it was up to the council Monday to call for the election.

On the recall ballot, voters will be asked whether Jacobson should be recalled from office and also, regardless of their response, to choose a successor from a list of candidates.

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Questions Raised about Colorado Springs Recall Petition | 03/03/15

COLORADO SPRINGS -- Southeast district resident Robert Blancken raised questions on March 2 about the recall petition against District 4 City Councilwoman Helen Collins, including whether people who collect signatures need to be registered voters.

In December, three District 4 residents headed by Deborah Hendrix, launched a recall effort against Collins, who represents southeast Colorado Springs. Collins was elected in 2013 to a four-year term, beating out Hendrix and Dennis Moore. Hendrix has said she is not interested in the council seat.

In a phone interview, Hendrix said Collins' opposition to a stormwater proposal, which failed in the Nov. 4 election, as well as a lack of communication with district residents were two of the reasons behind the recall.

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Colorado Councilwoman Survives Recall | 02/11/15

SILVERTON - After months of seething political tensions, elaborate scheming, and Capulet vs. Montague grudge-nursing, on Tuesday night Silverton Town Board Trustee Karla Safranski prevailed in a recall election, defeating Patty Dailey 245 votes to 201.

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Colorado Councilwoman Who Faced Recall Resigns | 01/14/15

PUEBLO -- City Councilwoman Ami Nawrocki submitted her resignation letter to City Manager Sam Azad on January 13.

Nawrocki said she's calling it quits after 2 1/2 years on City Council because the recall election is hurting her family.

"At this point, my priority in life is the quality of my family's life," Nawrocki said.

Nawrocki became the target of a recall last year after she was accused of breaking state law by keeping the public out of the loop when she discussed public business over email.

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Colorado Senate Recall Winner Gears for Re-Election | 08/05/14

PUEBLO -- George Rivera won his state Senate seat last year in the spotlight of a nationally watched recall election that sprung up over gun control. He expects, or hopes, that support from gun-rights groups will be there for him again.

"There will be attention on this race," he predicted.

"The Second Amendment issues helped get me into office," he said. "That's why the first bill I introduced was to repeal the requirement for a universal background check on gun sales."

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Colorado Democrats Propose Recall Election Changes | 03/19/14

DENVER -- After seeing two of their colleagues bounced from office last fall in recall elections in which mail ballots weren't used, Colorado Senate Democrats introduced legislation Monday to ensure that mail ballots can be used in future recall elections.

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Judge Upholds Colorado Town's Recall Election | 02/25/14

SAGUACHE COUNTY--Saguache District Court Judge Martin Gonzales issued a "judgment" declaring the town of Center recall election valid, ordering that current trustees be removed and former contestees be rightfully seated.

Another election is scheduled on April 1 -- only six weeks away -- and petitioners wish to take their rightful positions in advance of the next election to alleviate voter confusion.

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Colorado Democratic Senator Resigns to Avoid Recall | 11/28/13

ARVADA, Colo. | Colorado Democratic state Sen. Evie Hudak resigned on Nov. 27 rather than face the prospect of a recall election brought by opponents of her votes in favor of sweeping gun control legislation.

Her resignation allows Colorado Democrats to appoint a vacancy committee to choose her successor, thus ensuring that their party will retain their one-seat hold on the state Senate.

The Hudak recall, if it had qualified for the ballot, would have been the third Colorado recall this year in reaction to the Democrat-controlled state legislature's passage of three gun control bills in March. State Sens. John Morse of Colorado Springs and Angela Giron of Pueblo lost their Sept. 10 recall elections, the first recalls of state legislators in Colorado history.

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Daily Show Lies to Its Young Audience about Colorado Recalls | 11/13/13

DENVER --Many millennials are increasingly relying on Comedy Central's The Daily Show and The Colbert Report for their news.

If that's the case, Jon Stewart's audience on Nov. 11 got an amusing but absurdly misleading four-minute segment on the Colorado recall elections that saw two Democrats ousted from office over their support for gun control measures earlier this year.

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Recall Petition Okayed for Another Colorado Senator | 10/08/13

On October 5, organizers in Colorado's Senate District 19 were certified to collect signatures to recall another state senator who supported expanded gun control legislation earlier this year.

The focus of this recall is Evie Hudak (D-Westminster), who sided with recently-recalled Senators John Morse (D-ColoradoSprings) and Angela Giron (D-Pueblo) on gun control.

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Colorado Recall Proponents Still Bristling | 10/01/13

Proponents of the two recalls in September that ousted Colorado Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs and Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo -- both Democrats -- have now set their sights on "establishment Republicans," with the current target being state GOP Chairman Ryan Call.

Despite Call providing evidence that the GOP assisted both financially and with outreach efforts, proponents say he and the party could have done more. While conservatives supported the recalls along with gun rights interests, proponents say Republicans as a party fell short. Now they're calling for inter-party reform.

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Colorado Supreme Court to Rule on Town's Recall Election | 09/24/13

DENVER -- Colorado's Supreme Court will decide whether to order a new recall election in the town of Center, which straddles Rio Grande and Saguache counties.

The town held a recall election of four municipal officials in March, but some people say that election needs to be redone because some identifying tabs were left on absentee ballots. The result was that vote-counters knew how some people voted, violating the right to a secret ballot.

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Colorado Recall Election Energizes Gun Rights Groups in Connecticut | 09/17/13

HARTFORD -- Connecticut has no provision to recall elected officials, unlike Colorado, where two prominent backers of gun control were just booted from the legislature.

But gun-rights groups here say they will push aggressively to oust state lawmakers who worked to pass one of the nation's most sweeping gun control laws in the aftermath of the Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Lessons from the Colorado Recall Election | 09/17/13

American Civil Rights Union Senior Fellow Robert Knight says in a Washington Times column that much can be learned from the successful Colorado recall election.  The first lesson is that the recall process worked as envisioned by its creators. Tone-deaf public officials who gave the motorists' sign of disapproval to their constituents suddenly found themselves out of office.

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Dem Chairwoman Claims 'Voter Suppression' Led to Recall Defeat of Colorado Legislators | 09/11/13

Democratic Party Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz claimed that Tuesday's vote in Colorado unseating two prominent Democrat lawmakers over the gun issue was the result of "voter suppression."

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Colorado Voters Oust Two Dems over Gun Control in Recall Election | 09/11/13

Colorado voters on Tuesday ousted state Senate President John Morse and state Sen. Angela Giron in a recall election triggered by their support of strict gun control measures.

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Democratic Ad Attempts to Shift Colorado Recall Focus away from Guns | 08/26/13

COLORADO SPRINGS - A controversial new political ad is using the abortion issue to try and push gun rights off center stage in the recall election of Democratic State Senators John Morse and Angela Giron.

The ad, called "Suspect," was created by the Chicago firm Adelstein Liston and paid for by the 527 group We Can Do Better Colorado. It attacks the Republican challengers on the ballot, Bernie Herpin and George Rivera, for their pro-life positions.


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Colorado Recall without Mail Ballots Changes Dynamic | 08/19/13

COLORADO SPRINGS - With mail ballots out of the question, recall elections for two Democratic state senators who backed new firearm restrictions will test how enthusiastic their backers are about getting to the polls in person - and how badly gun-rights advocates want to kick out the lawmakers.

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Colorado Democrat, Libertarians Challenge Recall Deadlines | 08/12/13

DENVER -- A Pueblo Democrat has joined with the Colorado Libertarian Party and a libertarian candidate in El Paso County in an effort to stop the all-mail recall election of state Sens. Angela Giron and John Morse.

In a complaint filed in Denver County District Court on August 7, Pueblo resident Richard Anglund, along with Gordon Butt of El Paso County and the Libertarian Party of Colorado, claim that the state constitution conflicts with election law over the deadline for replacement candidates to submit petitions to appear on recall ballots.

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Two Colorado Dems Face Recall in September over Gun Law | 08/01/13

After months of gathering signatures and skirmishing in court, gun activists in Colorado, with the support of the National Rifle Association, have forced Senate President John Morse and a fellow Democrat, Senator Angela Giron, into recall elections. The recall effort is seen nationally as a test of whether politicians, largely Democrats, outside big cities and deep-blue coastal states can survive the political fallout of supporting stricter gun laws.

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Colorado Petition Signers Face Chicago-Style Harassment | 07/16/13

Colorado voters attempting to recall two state lawmakers who helped pass a rash of draconian gun control laws that were rammed through the legislature now charge that Chicago-style thug tactics are being used to get them to recant their signatures.

"Everyone who signed a recall petition has received multiple phone calls, mailers and face- to-face visits in an attempt to get them to remove their name," said Victor Head, a plumber from Pueblo.

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Colorado Sec. State Sues Governor to Set Date for Recall | 07/16/13

DENVER -- In a surprise move late Sunday, Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler filed suit against Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, aiming to force the governor to set a date for a recall election in Colorado Springs, FOX31 Denver is first to report.

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Colorado Dems Challenge Recall Petitions | 06/28/13

DENVER -- Colorado Democrats targeted for recall elections because of their support for gun control laws are arguing that the elections can't be held because voters didn't fully understand the recall petitions.

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Second Colorado Lawmaker Faces Recall | 06/11/13

Gun-rights advocates submitted signatures this week against a second Democratic state lawmaker in the escalating backlash against the Colorado legislature's recently approved gun control bills.


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Petitioners Turn In Double the Signatures for Recall of Colorado Senate President | 06/04/13

An historic recall election of Colorado Senate President John Morse is likely in September because opponents, citing his backing of a draconian gun control law, turned in twice the number of signatures needed.

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Colorado Dems in Campaign Mode over Recalls | 05/28/13

The offices of some Colorado Democrats are in full campaign mode, with volunteers working the phones and reviewing maps in anticipation of a new front of modern campaigning -- the recall phase.

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Colorado's New Gun Law Drives Four Recall Efforts | 05/08/13

Recall drives are in full swing against Colorado Senate Democrats John Morse, Evie Hudak and Angela Giron as well as Democratic Rep. Mike McLachlan.

Citizens groups angry about these lawmakers' stances on gun control are collecting signatures to try and force a special election. To make the ballot, they must collect a number of signatures equal to 25 percent of the total vote in their districts.

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Colorado Protesters Call for Recall of Gov. Hickenlooper | 03/25/13

GRAND JUNCTION -- Hundreds of protesters demanded a recall of Gov. John Hickenlooper while he was speaking at Colorado Mesa University on Saturday afternoon. The governor had signed a gun control bill that banned "assault" weapons and high-volume magazines.

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Reckless Congress Makes Case for Recall | 12/17/10

"If ever a Congress epitomized the need for more accountability, it's the 111th lame-duck gang. Sorry, that's unfair to gangsters. With most Americans distracted by holiday plans, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, has sprung another Christmas surprise, vowing to ram through a far-left agenda in the waning days of 2010. Last year, he put a giant lump of coal in Americans' stockings with Christmas Eve passage of Obamacare."

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The Right of Recall | 01/25/10

By Peter Ferrara. This article originally appeared on Fox Forum on January 25, 2010.

Congress is out of control. The public overwhelmingly opposes the pending legislation for a government takeover of health care. But Congressional leaders are telling us they don't care. They know best, and they're going to pass it anyway.

We see the same attitude on other issues, from global warming regulation, to taxes, government spending, deficits, federal debt, energy policy, welfare, corporate bailouts, and beyond. Too many of our Congressional "representatives" seem unwilling to listen to the views of their constituents, insisting that they already know it all. They respond to dissenters with name-calling, labeling them yahoos, Nazis, and tea baggers.

Continue reading “The Right of Recall”.

Each state has its own requirements as to the manner in which petitions must be collected, signed and filed. It is imperative that official recall committees are legally formed in each state according to the state laws and regulations. The handling of the petitions must comply with the laws and regulations of each state.