Colorado: Dynamic of Recall Vote on Gun-Control Changes

With mail ballots out of the question, recall elections for two Democratic state senators who backed new firearm restrictions will test how enthusiastic their backers are about getting to the polls in person — and how badly gun-rights advocates want to kick out the lawmakers.

At a time when most Colorado voters prefer voting by mail, a court ruling this week that requires in-person voting injects uncertainty about which side has the advantage in the state’s first legislative recalls.

Democratic Senate President John Morse, one of the lawmakers facing a recall, said there’s an expectation from some voters that they’ll get a ballot by mail because that’s what they’re used to. In November, about 74 percent of Colorado voters cast their ballot by mail.

“They’re going to wait for it and it’s never going to come, and they’re not going to get a chance to vote,” Morse said Friday. “I think it’s bad for everybody.

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In Morse’s Colorado Springs district, 61.4 percent voted with a mail ballot in 2010, the year he won re-election by a margin of a few hundred votes. In the district of Pueblo Sen. Angela Giron, the other lawmaker facing a recall, 65.9 percent voted with a mail ballot that same year.


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