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Know this about the Morse recall



Right to the end, the recall elections of Senate President John Morse and Pueblo Sen. Angela Giron have continued on a confusing course. In case you haven't kept up with all the changes, here are some updates:

• Libertarian candidate Jan Brooks failed to gather enough valid signatures to qualify for the District 11 ballot. If you want to vote for her, you'll have to write her in.

• The courts have ruled that your vote will count whether you vote on one question or both. (Previously, voters were required to vote "yes" on the first question, which asked whether to recall, before they could vote on a successor candidate.)

• Lawsuits have changed the rules for the recall ... again. Denver District Court Judge Robert McGahey ruled that Secretary of State Scott Gessler overstepped in some of the rules he created for the election. The upshot:

a) College students and military members shouldn't run into "residency" problems when voting.

b) Electronic ballots have been limited, and hand-delivered ballots are a no-no.

c) For a brief period, anyone was eligible to receive a mail ballot — but it had to be ordered by Sept. 3. If you didn't meet the deadline, you'll likely need to vote at the polls.

d) The clerk's office must receive mail ballots by 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 10, unless the voter is a member of the military or living overseas and is protected by the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act. Those voters must mail their ballots by Sept. 10, but the clerk's office will accept them by mail until eight days after the election.

• For polling-place voting, four voting centers will open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 5, 6, 7 and 9, and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sept. 10. They are clerk and recorder's offices at: the Citizens Service Center, 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road, #2202; the Downtown Branch, 200 S. Cascade Ave.; the Southeast Branch, 5650 Industrial Place; and the North Branch, 8830 N. Union Blvd.

Three other sites will be open from 8 to 5 on Sept. 9, and from 7 to 7 on Sept. 10. They are: Manitou Springs City Hall, Memorial Hall, 606 Manitou Ave. (weather permitting); the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department, 2880 International Circle; and the Zalman Center at Harrison High School, 2755 Janitell Road.

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