Jun 13, 2014 12:24 AM by Kelsey Kennedy

First draft of petition to put Maketa recall on ballot rejected; will likely be resubmitted

News 5 has learned a petition was presented to the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office. The first step to get a recall question on the November ballot. The first draft of the petition didn't meet at legal standard and was rejected.

An adjustment can be made and the petition can be resubmitted and approved as early as Friday. Once that happens, the petition can be circulated for signatures.

44,387 signatures are needed by July 12th. Ryan Parsell, with the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office says that number is mandated by the Colorado State Constitution.

"Which says to recall an elected official, you have to have a number of signatures that equals 25 percent of the people that voted for that office the last time the office was up for election," he says.

Those signatures would have to be validated so the recall could be added to the November ballot. That would cost about $20,000, saving taxpayers the $500,000 it would cost to hold a special election.

Randy Stagner filed the petition to have Sheriff Maketa recalled.

"He's sending us a message saying no matter what has happened, right wrong or indifferent, he's the sheriff and he's not going to resign," he said.

A recall election has to be certified by the Clerk and Recorders Office, which can take anywhere from a few days to a couple weeks. Not until the election is certified can Maketa be removed.

By that time in November, there would only be about two months left in his term.

"Although that would eat up most of his term, we want to send the message that we will not accept ethics violations in the least from our elected officials," says supporter of the recall Rebecca Duran.

Once the Clerk and Recorder's Office gets the petition, they have seven business days to approve or deny it. However, on Thursday, they reviewed it in a couple of hours.

"We're committed to making sure we're not holding up the process and the people that want to exercise their democratic rights are able to do so as quickly as possible," says Parsell.

If Maketa were to be recalled in November, whoever was elected on that same ballot would take office immediately instead of in January at the end of Maketa's term.


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