Punting Ryan Frazier

Round and round and round he goes...

Round and round and round he goes…

There are five Republican names on the June 28th Primary ballot. We still don’t know if all of them are official candidates.

Jack Graham, Robert Blaha, and Darryl Glenn are on the ballot and any votes they receive will almost certainly be counted. Jon Keyser is on the ballot (no, really, just ask him), but there are so many problems with his petition signatures that it wouldn’t be a surprise if he was ultimately forced to withdraw from the race before the election.

And then there’s Ryan Frazier. The Secretary of State’s office originally ruled that Frazier did not submit enough valid petition signatures to qualify for the Primary ballot. Frazier then filed a lawsuit in a Denver court to get his name on the ballot anyway; with the deadline to print ballots looming, a judge ruled that Frazier could remain on the ballot under the condition that if he loses, he must withdraw from the race. Confused? Check out this story from the Grand Junction Sentinel on Sunday for more background.

Today, the Colorado Supreme Court issued an “opinion” on Frazier’s legal challenge that basically amounted to another punt. The Supreme Court “ruled” that 49 more signatures for Frazier should be counted…but then kicked the case back to a lower court. So it looks like the Frazier case will go back to a courtroom where a judge couldn’t make a decision in the first place. Good times!

If we’ve learned anything from the last month of political Primary ballot football, it’s that judges in Colorado don’t want anything to do with any of these questions. This is not very helpful, since asking for guidance from the Secretary of State’s office is like giving money to a fortune teller on the 16th Street Mall.  

Ballots for the June 28th Primary are supposed to be arriving in voters’ mailboxes in about two weeks. Ryan Frazier still doesn’t even know if he is really a candidate. This is beyond absurd. 

5 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Jorgensen says:

    What a mess! Hope Marshall is right, but who knows with these judges. Hopefully in all fairness to the GOP contenders that Ryan Frazier remains on the ballot. And thanks Pols for the grin and grimace remark, "This is not very helpful, since asking for guidance from the Secretary of State’s office is like giving money to a fortune teller on the 16th Street Mall." Guess it's all in the Tarot cards…

  2. Diogenesdemar says:

    . . . the difference being that the SOS office uses a deck of only three.

  3. BlueCat says:

    When it's Republicans trying to get on the ballot… hey, close enough and a little forgery shouldn't be held against their candidates. When it's Granny who has been on the rolls and voting for 60 years but doesn't have a driver's license with photo ID you can't possibly take a chance on letting that suspicious looking little old lady vote.

    Can you imagine what Modster and friends would be saying if all those involved involved were Dems? 

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