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Fight to stop recall election for Sen. President John Morse continues

By Jaclyn Rostie, Reporter, j.rostie@krdo.com
Published On: Jun 24 2013 02:32:06 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 25 2013 06:35:19 PM CDT

Sen. Morse backers calling voters who signed recall petition

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

The fight to stop a recall election for Senate President John Morse continues.  Supporters for Morse are hoping some who signed the petition may change their mind.

"It's our challenge period," said Christy Le Lait, campaign manager.

Le Lait said they are in the process of calling all the verified voters counted by the Secretary of State's office who signed the recall petition.

"We've called several hundred people.  We are seeing about a 10 percent return," she said.  Le Lait said people sometimes sign without paying attention and that some voters have already confirmed that.

"Some people thought they were signing a petition to keep John Morse in office, some people thought they were signing a petition to support the gun laws, one woman thought she was signing a petition to impeach Barack Obama," said Le Lait.

A woman who only wished to share her first name, Ann, said she is one of thousands who signed the petition.  She also got a call from the Morse campaign.

"She goes, 'We wanted to find out do you remember signing the petition to recall John Morse?' I go yeah.  I said I signed the petition because I wanted to and I don't want my name removed," said Ann.

Organizers of the recall petition needed more than 7,100 valid signatures to force a recall election.  Last Tuesday, the Colorado Secretary of State's office verified they had the signatures needed.  In fact, they exceeded the number of signatures by about 3,000.

The Morse campaign has 15 days to respond.  It has also challenged the language in the recall petition, saying it is incomplete and doesn't specify an election.

If a recall election happens, the El Paso County clerk and recorder estimated a it would cost taxpayers at least $150,000.  Le Lait said her callers are also making voters aware of the costs to recall the already term-limited senator.

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