Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Colorado: A look at Colorado Constitution's 15 day period to add signatures

The recall of La Plata County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt has put the spotlight on a specific Colorado recall provision which allows calls on county clerk to validate the signatures in a recall effort and then gives petition gatherers 15 days to get additional signatures if the original recall petition failed to get enough signers.

Here's the relevant statute as cited in this editorial opposing the 15 days:
Article 21 of the Colorado Constitution approved in 1912 allows for the recall of public officials. According to Colorado Revised Statutes § 1-12-108(8)(c)(I), Parker was required by law, with no more than fifteen business days after the initial petition filing, to notify the recall committee and the incumbent of the number of valid signatures received and whether the petition appeared to be sufficient or insufficient.

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