Voters for the Sept. 10 recall election in Colorado Springs and Pueblo have less time to request a mail-in ballot by phone, email or letter, under a change announced Thursday by the Colorado Secretary of State's Office.
Under the change, voters have until Tuesday, Sept. 3, to request a mail-in ballot in any manner except in person to the Clerk and Recorder's offices in El Paso and Pueblo Counties. The request must be received by 5 p.m. that day.
Previously, the deadline was the day of the election. In-person requests will be allowed through Friday, Sept. 6. Voting has started in Pueblo and begins Thursday, Sept. 5 in Colorado Springs.
Wayne Williams, clerk and recorder for El Paso County, said this marks the seventh change in election guidelines for the recall election.
"I sincerely hope that's it," he said. "We found out at 1:30 this afternoon. Of course, either side could appeal the ruling to the (state) Supreme Court, but it's my hope that we have clarity."
Williams said a district court judge in Denver agreed with the challenge made by Pueblo County. However, the judge rejected a challenge from the Libertarian Party regarding whether civilians who are out of town can send an electronic copy of their ballot to be counted.
Only overseas military personnel, Americans living or working overseas and people physically unable to travel to the polls can vote electronically, Williams said, and voters who simply are out of town or in another state during the election must request a mail-in ballot by Sept. 3 and have it returned by Sept. 10.
Sen. John Morse, of Colorado Springs, and Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo are being recalled because of public criticism regarding their support of gun control laws and the belief that they ignored their constituents on the subject.