Tuesday, August 13th 2013
CONTACT: Amy Runyon-Harms, Executive Director at [email protected]

DENVER: A Denver District Court ruling on the recall special election process late yesterday sent plans for all participants in this election into chaos. ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, calls for a speedy appeal and respect for the rights of Colorado voters—not political candidates.

“Yesterday’s district court ruling is unfortunate to say the least,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. “Unless an appeal is successful, this ruling guarantees less participation in the upcoming recall special elections, and that’s not going to serve the best interests of our state.”

“These recall elections were already extremely costly and bad for Colorado,” said Runyon-Harms, “and now Colorado taxpayers are expected to pay over half a million dollars for a process brought on by special interests who disagree with hard working legislators. A legislative recall has never happened in Colorado, and should be reserved for an elected official involved in criminal activity or major malfeasance—not a simple disagreement.”

“This year, one of the greatest achievements in the Colorado legislature was the passage of the Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act,” said Runyon-Harms. “The reason for the confusion is not any new legislation, but recall elections are so rare that the laws governing them have never been tested. This year’s important legislation to simplify and modernize Colorado’s voting system did not create the conflict with the Colorado constitution over recall candidate deadlines, which has apparently existed for as long as we have been using mail ballots. It’s absurd for right-wing opponents of this legislation to blame a 2013 bill for a 1912 constitutional provision.”

“Progressives don’t support these wasteful and unnecessary recall elections, but we stand behind the right of every Coloradan to vote,” said Runyon-Harms. “This conflict between the state constitution and mail ballots in recall elections needs to be resolved in a way that allows our state’s voters, at home and overseas, to vote the way they have for years. In fact, making voting more difficult and confusing for our servicemembers who are fighting for our freedoms every day is downright infuriating. Conservatives must stop with the blame games. Everyone involved in this election deserves better.”