Jul 11, 2013 11:54 PM by Kirsten Bennett

El Paso County Clerk and Recorder wants recall election date set

The Governor and the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder are at odds over setting a date for the recall election for Senate President John Morse.

Petition supporters gathered enough signatures to move forward with the recall effort. Last week, Secretary of State Scott Gessler ruled the petition was "sufficient" after Morse supporters questioned the petition's language.

Clerk and Recorder Wayne Williams says he plans to intervene in the appeal to that decision in district court, hoping to have the recall election date set now. State law requires ballots be mailed 18 days prior to the election. It also takes time to print the ballots and prepare to mail them. Ideally, Williams would like the election to take place August 27th.

Williams says they're joining the lawsuit from a practical standpoint. "We're not taking a position as to whether the legal arguments should be accepted one way or the other with respect to whether the petitions are valid. We're just saying that a date needs to be set so that we can conduct the election properly."

The Governor's Office says he is waiting to set a date until after the court ruling. "The Governor's Office is engaged in ongoing conversations with all of the interested parties regarding the legal issues and the logistical challenges the Morse recall election will have for the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder. Because the Governor is not able to set the recall election date until after a recall petition is deemed 'sufficient' it is not clear that the Governor can set the recall election date until the pending legal proceedings in Denver District Court are concluded."

The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder says the district court hearing on the recall challenge begins Wednesday in Denver. If a recall election takes place, it is expected to cost $151,000.



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