Sep 2, 2013 8:10 PM by Andy Koen

Campaigns prepare for final push in recall election

COLORADO SPRINGS - Early voting begins Thursday in the special recall election for Democratic State Senate President John Morse.
For Morse, surviving that recall means having a comfortable pair of shoes. He's been walking through the neighborhoods of his senate district knocking on doors and talking with voters for several weeks.

"Television commercials and all that happen by themselves and I don't have to worry about it," Morse explained. "What I need to do is talk to voters one on one where they live on their door step and that's what I've been doing for the last several months and will do for the next eight days."

Some of the voters he's talked to, like Corbin Hillam, support him.

"It seems like kind of a waste of time and money to have this huge recall for things that he's doing you know to represent us," Hillam said.

Other see things differently. A recall volunteer name Derrick waived a neon green sign reading "VOTE YES" to passing cars at the intersection of Cimarron and 8th Street.

"When someone gets on national TV to brag that he's not listening to his constituents and then tells the other legislators to not listen to their constituents, I just think it's a violation of the democratic process," he said.

Republican State Senate Candidate Bernie Herpin thinks Morse's votes on gun control are out-of-touch with voters in his district.

"We're westerners, we're independent; we like our individual freedom and personal responsibility," Herpin said. "We don't want somebody telling us what size soft drink we can drink or how much salt we can use or what the capacity of our magazines in our guns should be."

Should the recalls succeed, it would be the first time in state history voters ever removed a state level lawmaker from office. Early voting in Colorado Springs begins at 8:00 a.m. Thursday morning at the four El Paso County Clerk and Recorders Offices (1675 West Garden of the Gods Rd, 200 South Cascade Ave. 5650 Industrial Pl. and 8830 North Union Blvd.)

Polling places at the Manitou Springs City Hall, the Pikes Peak Regional Building office and Harrison High School Zalman Center will all open next Monday.


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