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June 11, 2010 12:08 AM UTC

Petition Update

  • by: Dan Willis

(For those of you who missed the late Friday update. Thankfully, we won’t have to try to put Joe Gwissgnksangt on the Governor Line. – promoted by Colorado Pols)

As of 6/11/10 6:00pm

On ballot:

Jane Norton (R) – US Sen

Steven Barton (R) – CD1

Walker Stapleton (R) – Treas

Joel Judd (D) – SD34

Amber Tafoya (D) – HD4

Mark Mehringer (D) – HD7

David Casiano (R) – HD44

Did not make ballot:

Joe Gschwenter (R) – Gov

Mark Hurlbert (R) – SD16

Renee Blanchard (D) – SD33

Jennifer Coken (D) – HD4

Blake Harrison (D) – HD7

Raymond Keyawa (R) – HD59


51 thoughts on “Petition Update

    1. Tafoya turned her signatures in first. That mean if a voter signed both Tafoya and Coken’s petitions the signature didn’t count for Coken

        1. Seems like an odd law to me.  I thought your signature on the petition indicated your support for that person’s being on the ballot, not that you would necessarily vote for that person for the office sought.  While voting for two people for the same office is obviously contradictory, it doesn’t seem contradictory to want both people on the ballot.  But, if it’s the law, it’s the law, I guess.

      1. One would think that one would compare the petitions and assign the signing person to the petition that was signed by that person first.

        This would require the SOS to withhold a final determination until all petitions in a race are counted, but since the overlaps probably aren’t all that numerous wouldn’t be that logistically impossible.

        1. However, the argument came up that

          1) if someone signed both petitions on the same date how would the SoS know who signed first.


          2) There is alot of leeway allowed when signers write in the wrong date, so there is never a true certainty that date written was the date signed. This leeway is not in statute, it was the result of successful judicial challenges.

      1. using volunteers to get enough signatures for a statewide offic e is nearly impossible. I am not aware of anyone doing it successfully since the requirements went up to 1500 per CD.

        1. You really can’t collect that many signatures without paying for at least some signature gatherers. The general rule of thumb is to collect twice as many as required to allow for some to be thrown out – that’s unrealistic to expect volunteers to do it all.

          1. There is a difference in the amount of time needed to collect a page of signatures for a petition and the amount of time it takes to sign the petition.

            A lot of people might have enough time to sign a petition; not a lot of volunteers have enough time to take off from work to collect the required signatures.  Related to the other diary, I don’t think it’s unreasonable for the state to require petitioners to be paid an hourly or salary wage instead of per-signature, or to require paid gatherers to be in-state residents, or that gatherers not mis-represent their petition subject; so long as it’s fair, increasing democracy is generally a Good Thing, double if it comes to candidate ballot access.

    1. The circulator does not have to live in the same district as the candidate, but they do have to be registered to vote in the state prior to collecting signatures.

      It is legal for circulators to move from state to state and continually change their registration as needed to be in the right place and right party in time to circul;ate any given petition. There are people who do this for a living and just roam the country updating their registration several times a year.

        1. and is not from Denver.

          Dan’s list is comprehensive. Most of the legislative petitioners are from Denver, but that doesn’t mean this diary isn’t of statewide interest.

      1. Dan, do you think that Jennifer Coken has any grounds to challenge not being placed on the ballot?  I wonder if she can afford Marc Grueskin?

  1. Joe Gscwendler came close and had over 10,200 valid signatures on a couple of hundred short.

    Mark Hurlbert did not make the State Senate ballot so that seat should stay in Democratic hands

  2. I thought he had something like 1200 signatures and only needed a thousand.  He was supposed to be the odds on favorite against Jeanne Nicholson for SD16.  Summit County is now a toss up.  This should be a good race.

    1. a different outcome with more preparation by the DA.  With what’s going on inside the Repub Party, perhaps the DA never had a chance (against the right wing of the right wing Party).  It appears that Leonard had the whole thing (at the Assembly) fully planned, and not only caught the DA off-guard but apparently led to one or more Summit delegates voting against their own.  

      I trust that the Dem candidate is not assuming it’s her race, just because the Repub is an extreme conservative.  He is in no way incompetent, Repubs will vote for him, and he may well find ways to appeal to many unaffiliateds.  

        1. And part of it is financial – large divide right now between the Leonard and Nicholson campaigns – cash on hand $56,789 vs. $9,316 per the June 1st report.

          1. Dan Gibbs should be able to help campaign for Nicholson in Summit County.  She now has a legitimate shot at winning Summit with Gibbs help.  If they vote for Gibbs for Summit commissioner it will be easier for them to vote for Nicholson.  If she wins Boulder, Gilpin, Clear Creek and Summit she will win the seat.

            1. has about 40 percent of the total votes in the District.  I don’t think we can ignore the importance of Jeffco voters for Dems keeping this seat, even though Leonard lives in Jeffco.

              1. Nicholson does need to be competitive in Jeffco.  This is going to be an interesting race to watch to see how Tea Party extremism fares in races with proven and experienced leaders in local government as an opponent.  How well will pragmatism and competence stack up against ideological extremism.  Who wins?

  3. One thing that has not been mentioned here is that candidates or their opponents can file chasllenges to the SoS’s sufficiency/insufficientcy statements.

    Given how many signatures the SoS needed to check in a short period of time, it is only safe to assume there were mistakes made along the way.

    Anyone 100 signatures or so one way or the other would be wise to explore this option.

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