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September 09, 2022 10:09 am

Eyes Off The Prize: Priola Recall Gets Election Day Deadline

  • by: Colorado Pols
State Sen. Kevin Priola (D-Henderson).

A press release from Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold today announces the approval of petition language to recall state Sen. Kevin Priola (freshly D), and a deadline set for recall organizers led by conservative activist Michael Fields to turn in the requisite signatures coinciding with Election Day 2022:

The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office has approved the petition format for the effort to recall Senator Kevin Priola. Proponents now have until November 8th, 60 days after notice of approval, to collect the required signatures and submit them to the Secretary of State’s Office for review.

The Secretary of State’s Office informed proponents on August 29 that they must:

Collect signatures from constituents in Senate District 13, based on the new map that went into effect in 2022; and
Submit no fewer than 18,291 valid signatures in order to be deemed sufficient and hold a special recall election.

The signature threshold for sufficiency was determined based on voter counts from the 2020 election in Senate District 25 per Colorado state law. This determination was made in consultation with the Colorado Attorney General’s Office.

Also on August 29, the Secretary of State’s Office provided a cost estimate of $199,079.95 for a special election to proponents of the petition to recall Senator Kevin Priola. This cost will be paid by the counties in which the special election is held, should proponents’ signatures be deemed sufficient.

You couldn’t ask for a better way to sum up the almost unimaginable folly of launching a recall campaign against a locally popular elected official for the unforgivable sin of switching parties in the middle of an uphill must-win election season than the deadline for turning in petition signatures actually falling on Election Day. No doubt Republicans will claim they can fold the petition campaign into their GOTV program for the district, but the bottom line is that persecuting Priola for the wholly partisan offense of defecting from the Republican Party is of little to no interest to unaffiliated voters who decide Colorado elections. And once they start asking questions about why Priola left the Republican Party, things go downhill with swing voters pretty quickly.

The messaging coming soon to Adams County: vote for Joe O’Dea because he’s “not focused on political parties.”

Then sign up to recall Kevin Priola because…political parties!

It’s a great way to distract yourself from losing the elections that matter.


6 thoughts on “Eyes Off The Prize: Priola Recall Gets Election Day Deadline

  1. Recall organizers do get a “participation” prize for their political ineptitude and strategic stupidity.

    They can’t complain since they sold whatever souls they had to Trumpism & MAGAism a long time ago.

  2. Signature deadline of the ending day of the general election.

    That means Sec. of State employees will be validating signatures in the midst of trying to wrap up the reporting of outcomes. They will need to finish that within 30 days, if I remember right, just after the end of the period for setting up recounts needed by state law or requested by candidates at their expense.

    Gov. Polis will need to announce a recall election date "not less than thirty nor more than sixty days" after the declaration that there are sufficient signatures — or sometime between mid-January to mid-February.  There would be a certain irony to call the election to end Tuesday, February 14, 2023, if that falls within the 60-day outer limit.

    Even if Valentine's Day comes after the election, there would need to be campaigning while the legislature begins its new session and the start of new terms for executive branch offices. During Hanukkah, Christmas, New Years's Day, collegiate football championship games, pro-football play-offs leading to the Super Bowl, and the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday,

    1. The Gov. has to wait until the protest period has passed, and any protest that comes is adjudicated before he sets the recall election. 

      If the sufficient/insufficient determination is challenged it could add a month or more to the time-line.


      1. and the organizers don't have to wait to submit signatures to the end of the period and the Secretary of State doesn't have to take the whole amount of time to determine adequacy. So it could happen sooner.

        I don't really think it will get that far, for one reason or another. 

  3. Election Day deadline is perfect.  Scamsters can hustle the magat yokels , thereby diverting cash from actual Republican campaigns.  They then buy necessary equipment like new BMWs to, uhh, deliver leaflets.  On election day they turn in a couple hundred signatures and move on to the next scam.

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