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The scope of a statewide recall is monumental, and the recall of a sitting governor is something that’s only been done a handful of times in the United states. A governor has never been recalled in the state of Colorado!
Why is this important? We want you to have all the facts, and understand how challenging this will be. The more facts you know, the more you can share with others. Knowledge is power, and in order to make this recall a success, we will truly need “All hands on deck!”
Since we are a grassroots effort, powered by no one other than the great people of the State of Colorado, we will need your help. We don’t have a fancy “PAC”, we don’t have D.C. hacks or political operatives running the show. We the People are leading the charge in this historic recall of a very wealthy and powerful man.
So how does a recall Election work?
In order to become truly educated, please refer to the Colorado Secretary of State’s website, and the manual for recall elections. The rules can be found here” https://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/info_center/laws/Title1/Title1Article12.html
For starters, an elected official (such as Jared Polis) must be in office for at least 6 months before a recall petition can be filed.
Polis was sworn in on January 8th, so we must wait until July 8th to file. We will only file if we’re ready, and have the volunteer manpower to begin quickly and effectively circulating the petition.
“The number of signatures proponents must collect is based on the type of office.” For Statewide offices, “Signatures equal to 25% of all votes cast for that office in the previous general election” are required.
In November of 2018 2,525,062 total votes were cast for the Gubernatorial election in Colorado.
That means 631,266 valid signatures must be gathered to recall Governor Polis.
“For all state recall elections, the Secretary of State approves all petitions, and the county serves as the designated election official (DEO) who conducts the election. The DEO must approve the proponents’ petition format before they may begin circulating.”
We must submit a “statement of grounds” for approval by the SOS. Our attorney, Scott Gessler, is himself a former Secretary of State (2011 – 2015) and will be drafting this statement. We expect it to be approved quickly.
Who can volunteer to carry the petition?
Every person who circulates the petition must be:
• A Colorado resident;
• A U.S. citizen; and
• At least 18 years old.
Who can sign the petition?
Only Colorado residents who are also registered voters in Colorado may sign the petition.
All signed petitions sections must be notarized before returning to the SOS for signature validation.
Each Petition must be notarized (notaries public are available at most banks), then batched with all other petition sections from around the state before they are sent to the Secretary of State’s office for validation.
If the Secretary of State deems that 631,266 (in our case) valid signatures exist on the petition, the petition is approved and a recall election is then set.
There can be more than one petition for the same purpose as long as the wording on the statement of grounds is different on each. This is an unfortunate fact, and one that will have to be dealt with when the time comes.
Ideally, only one petition should be circulated for one official. But there will be groups whose sole focus is to “dilute” the overall signatures, thus tanking the chances of gathering a sufficient number. A single registered voter can only sign one petition section one time.
Stay focused on “Official Recall Colorado Governor Jared Polis”. The petition you should sign will have our name on the cover page. Any other petition you may see will be that of our opposition, whomever it may be. Polis will be working tirelessly to have this recall go down in flames!
Referendums, ballot initiatives and recalls can be conducted in concert with one another! We encourage you to get involved and change the things you see and of which you don’t approve or agree!