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Jena Griswold

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Jena Griswold

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Recall Petitions

In order to recall a state officeholder (Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, members of the General Assembly, members of the State Board of Education, members of the CU Board of Regents, members of the RTD Board of Directors, and District Attorney), a recall petition must be created and approved by the Secretary of State’s office prior to obtaining signatures. Recall petitions for county offices must be approved by the county clerk & recorder prior to circulation. Members of Congress and US Senators may not be recalled.

An elected official must hold office for 6 months before a recall can be attempted (this rule does not apply to members of the General Assembly, who can be recalled 5 days after the start of the legislative session). No recall can be attempted against an elected official whose term of office will expire within 6 months.

The signature threshold to place a recall question on the ballot for a state or county elected official is 25% of the total votes cast at the last preceding general election for that office.

If a recall petition is found to have a sufficient number of valid signatures, the question of whether to recall the officeholder is placed on the ballot. Below the recall question on the ballot, recall successor candidates will be listed as choices for voters—the officeholder being recalled cannot be a successor candidate. Recall successor candidates access the ballot via the petition rules in 1-4-801 and 1-4-802 of Colorado Revised Statutes.

For laws and rules on recall elections, please refer to Article XXI of the Colorado state constitution (PDF), Article 12 of Title I of the Colorado Revised Statutes, and Rule 15 (PDF) of Secretary of State Election Rules.

Recall petitions approved for circulation

Name of officeholder: Jared Polis

Office: Governor

Party: Democratic

Proponents: Arthur Steele Graham & Barbara Ruth Hernandez

Petition format approved: 7/8/2019

Petition deadline: 9/6/2019

# of signatures required: 631,266

Date petition submitted:

Sufficient or insufficient:

Name of officeholder: Pete Lee

Office: State Senate District 11

Party: Democratic

Proponents: Scott David Fisher

Petition format approved: 7/12/2019

Petition deadline: 9/10/2019

# of signatures required: 11,304

Date petition submitted:

Sufficient or insufficient:

Name of officeholder: Brittany Pettersen

Office: State Senate District 22

Party: Democratic

Proponents: Nancy Pallozzi

Petition format approved: 7/12/2019

Petition deadline: 9/10/2019

# of signatures required: 18,376

Date petition submitted:

Sufficient or insufficient: Petition voided due to proponents withdrawing petition on July 15, 2019.

Name of officeholder: Tom Sullivan

Office: State House District 37

Party: Democratic

Proponents: Kristine Brown

Petition format approved: 5/13/2019

Petition deadline: 7/12/2019

# of signatures required: 10,035

Date petition submitted:

Sufficient or insufficient: Petition voided due to proponents withdrawing petition on June 14, 2019.

Name of officeholder: Rochelle Galindo

Office: State House District 50

Party: Democratic

Proponents: Mary Achziger & Karen Kornins

Petition format approved: 4/4/2019

Petition deadline: 6/3/2019

# of signatures required: 5,696

Date petition submitted:

Sufficient or insufficient: Petition voided due to Galindo resignation