For Immediate Release
Contact: Ryan Parsell
(719) 520-7322 or (719) 351-9626 - cell
Clerk and Recorder’s Office to Request Setting of Recall Election Date at Hearing Tomorrow
[Colorado Springs, Colo. – July 16, 2013] With the Senate District 11 Recall Election court hearing scheduled for tomorrow, El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Wayne Williams further outlined the arguments he’ll make in favor of setting the Recall Election date to allow voters sufficient time to participate in the election.
“By intervening in Kleinsmith v. Gessler, Hickenlooper, et al, the Clerk and Recorder’s Office is not advocating for or against the recall, nor are we weighing in on the sufficiency of the petitions,” said Clerk and Recorder Wayne Williams. “However, we are in the unique position of not being able to proceed further with preparations for the Recall Election until a date is set. We look for a decision on the date from the court tomorrow to ensure that the voting rights of El Paso County citizens are protected.”
At this time, all preparations that can be done without a date have been made by the Clerk and Recorder’s Office. Per state statute, ballots must be mailed between 18-22 days before an election to give voters adequate time to receive their ballot, vote, and return it before 7:00 PM on Election Day. Before ballots can be mailed, successor candidates must have 10 days after the setting of the election date to submit their petitions and these petitions then must be verified by the Secretary of State. Ballot proofs must then be prepared and sent to the ballot printing vendor who needs two weeks for ballots to be laid out, printed, inserted, and mailed. Because of the delay in setting the election date, each additional day that passes thus further reduces the time a voter will have to vote their ballot. This is especially problematic for members of the armed forces deployed overseas, who already will have less than the normal 45 days in which to vote due to the constitutionally imposed recall timetable.
Last week, Clerk and Recorder Williams filed a motion to intervene in the hopes of obtaining the constitutionally required date for the Senate District 11 Recall Election. A hearing has been scheduled for 8:30 AM July 17, 2013 in room 209 of the Denver City and County Building located at 1437 Bannock St, Denver CO. Presiding over the hearing will be 2nd Judicial Court Chief Judge Robert S. Hyatt. The hearing will cover the protest filed by Catherine Kleinsmith and the parties’ request to set a date for the election.