(NOT) BREAKING: Polis Recall Petition Drive Ends In Failure

UPDATE #4: Progress Now Colorado tries to take the edge off the bad news for President Donald Trump’s next briefing:


UPDATE #3: Gov. Jared Polis’ full statement:

“After all that fuss, I was pleasantly surprised that they didn’t turn in a single signature on the recall. I hope the remaining misguided efforts against others see the same results as Tom Sullivan’s did before. Recalls should not be used for partisan gamesmanship.

“Yesterday I was in Rifle, last week I was in Ignacio, Cortez, and Durango, and next week I’ll be in Trinidad and Lamar. Across the state, people are so excited that kids everywhere are able to attend kindergarten free of charge, and that for the first time in history, health insurance rates are going down more than 18% next year. Mom and pop stores across the state are already benefiting from our tax cut that reduced taxes for 144,000 small and medium-sized businesses across our state.

“Now that this sideshow is over, I will continue to focus my full attention on building upon our bipartisan success with kindergarten and saving money on health care. For my nine months in office I’ve held regular meetings with Republican and Democratic legislative leadership, and after the remaining recall efforts fail I plan on inviting both sides to a joint bipartisan leadership meeting to discuss how together we can improve our schools, reduce our traffic, and save people even more money on health care. Let’s see what amazing things we can do for Colorado, together.”


That’s not very many boxes.

UPDATE #2: Colorado Sun:

Friday was the end of a 60-day period during which supporters of the recall needed to collect 631,266 valid signatures — or more than 10,521 a day — to make the special election happen. No campaign has ever collected that many signatures in Colorado.

Organizers said they collected more than 300,000 signatures…

Organizers also said they will not turn in the signatures that they did collect. If they did, the people who signed would have been prohibited from signing any other petition to recall Polis during his term in office. The maneuver also prevents the public from knowing who signed the petition.

We feel this is crucial to reiterate. No news story should quote the campaign’s 300,000 signatures claim without noting that this number has not been and at this point will not ever be verified, since the petitions will not be turned into the Secretary of State for verification.

For all we know, those forms could be blank.


UPDATE: Marshall Zelinger of 9NEWS reports that the “Resist Polis” campaign collected roughly 300,000 signatures, less than half the required number and nowhere close to the necessary margin for account for the inevitable invalid signatures. They will not be turning collected signatures in, meaning even these pitiful numbers cannot be verified–but based on the typical validity rate for ballot measure petitions, the number of valid signatures is almost certainly far below the announced total..

In short, the campaign to recall Gov. Jared Polis has now been confirmed to be a massive waste of time and energy that in hindsight received much more attention than it ever deserved. Updates, reactions to follow.


That’s the word from a press conference underway now at the “Resist Polis” campaign, whose 60-day window to collect over 630,000 valid Colorado voter signatures ends today.

We’re updating as word comes in, so watch this space.

32 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. 2Jung2Die says:

    I'll be interested to see how much money and effort was wasted on something for which no reasonable person would have given a chance of success. Who got paid, who dropped real donations?

  2. MichaelBowman says:

    In the comment section of the live Facebook feed someone stated if they don’t submit the signatures that a second attempt would require twice as many? Is that the way Recall 2.0 works? 

    Rock, meet hard spot?

    • I don't think that's an issue, no. If they had turned in the signatures, then a future effort would not have been able to use the same people's signatures. That would have been a nightmare – if they thought they had any chance in the first place. But this was about activism and name-gathering, not about any realistic shot at recalling Polis.

      • MichaelBowman says:

        I don't know what exactly the commenter I quoted was getting at, but now that they completed an official petition process (and obviously failed), do future Polis-specific recalls have a higher bar, or does the signature requirement stay the same no matter how many times they try (and fail)? 

  3. Mike W. says:

    So they probably collected what, 100k valid signatures? I think they should be required to turn those in so the SoS can check to see if they were following the freaking law or not. 

  4. Voyageur says:

    What?  Donald Duque and F. U. Barr won't be counted!

    The bastards!

  5. unnamed says:

    Anybody know where things are at with state Senate recall efforts?

    • kwtree says:

      I’m doing some calling for the anti-Pettersen recall. Of the few people I’ve reached, none was aware of the recall effort, and none had been asked to sign a recall petition. The recall organizer, Nancy (not Pelosi) Pallozzi, is running for Lakewood City Council in Ward 5. So she’s probably busy with that.

      My understanding is that Our Colorado Way of Life is shifting resources to Pueblo to help with the not-recall of Senator Leroy Garcia. I don’t know how the effort to not-recall Pete Lee of the Springs is going. 

  6. Genghis says:

    Now Ms. Fuentes can pursue her true calling, namely telling people about how the Jews orchestrated 9/11.

  7. Diogenesdemar says:

    “Ok, people, just so we’re all clear for the next time . . .

    . . . this is NOT what 600,000 looks like.”

    . . . math IS hard . . . 

    • MADCO says:

      "Math class is tough. Let's go shopping."
      ~ Barbie

    • MichaelBowman says:

      Based on a couple of FB threads I observed last night someone in eastern Colorado recall leadership didn't do a very good job of splainin' the rules to the masses.  One lady demanding a recount; another insisted all they had to do was submit 651,000 signatures in total. Concerns about all of the 10's of thousands of signatures gathered that didn't get sent in (can they still be counted?). A few F-bombs. Some interesting spelling-twists on how some of the nice Christian folk (based on their FB profile) describe our Governor.

      Lots of promises this wasn't over – although the handful of those proclamations were coming from El Paso County residents.  Don't they have something better to do, like getting Gordon elected into his next government job? 

  8. Blackie says:

    I sort of liked the one comment from "Sherronna Bishop", asking the Governor if he could "hear us now"?

    No, because he was rolling around on the floor laughing out loud.


    • kwtree says:

      I have to give the Gov credit…he actually went on a Facebook thread and attempted to respond to any of these yahoos that had real comments, questions, concerns. He didn’t respond to the name callers, the slogan shouters, or the meme posters. This was a few days ago.

      (I’d love to see Cory Gardner, Ken Buck, really any Republican politician, take the heat on an open social media thread like that. But they’d never do it….cause they’re not as brave as the gay guy from Boulder.)

      Jared Polis has  also been in many face to face meetings all over the state….so yes, My Sherrona, as long as you can actually articulate a reality-based grievance, the Governor can hear you now. 

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