DENVER — Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler announced Monday afternoon that the group seeking to recall Sen. Angela Giron turned in enough valid signatures to force a special recall election later this year.
That makes Giron, D-Pueblo, the second state lawmaker who could be recalled for her support of a Democratic package of gun control legislation earlier this year.
Senate President John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, is also facing a recall.
Of the 13,466 submitted by the group Pueblo Freedom and Rights, 12,648 were deemed valid, enough to clear the11,285 signature threshold — 25 percent of the votes cast in Giron’s last election — required to force a recall election.
That amounts to nearly 94 percent of the submitted signatures being deemed valid, an astonishing success rate for a petition drive.
Giron is likely to file a protest with Gessler’s office.
Morse’s protest will be heard by the Secretary of State’s office this Thursday.
In both cases, should the protests fail, it will be up to Gov. John Hickenlooper to set a date for recall elections later this year.