Recall Elections GOP Weapon Pettersen

Colorado State Sen. Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood, applauds after speaking at a bill signing that allowed Colorado to become the 15th state to adopt a "red flag" law permitting firearms to be taken from people who pose a danger during a ceremony in the state Capitol in Denver on April 12, 2019. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

A recall petition against a Colorado state senator has been re-approved after it was withdrawn earlier because of a factual error.

The Rebublican-backed recall drive targets Democrat Brittany Pettersen of Senate District 22 in Lakewood.

Pettersen won election last November over Republican Tony Sanchez by 16.3 percentage points, an 11,993-vote margin.

The filer is Nancy Pallozzi of Lakewood, who was defeated soundly by Pettersen in a 2016 House election.

The Pettersen recall filing had been approved July 12 by the office of Secretary of State Jena Griswold, but was temporarily withdrawn by its proponents days later due to an error in the recall statement that was to be included on the petitions — an error first reported by Colorado Politics.

The recall statement claimed Pettersen voted on House Bill 1312, a bill that would have modernized Colorado’s immunizations standards. However, the state Senate never voted on that bill; it was dropped.

Recall backers last week refiled a corrected Pettersen petition, which Griswold's office approved Thursday.

Recall backers now have until Sept. 16 to gather at least 18,376 valid voter signatures in Pettersen's district to trigger a recall election.

Gov. Jared Polis and state Sen. Pete Lee, D-Colorado Springs, also are being targeted by Republican recall drives, and there has been talk of other Democrats facing recall attempts.

The GOP currently is in the minority in both houses of the legislature.

Marianne Goodland of Colorado Politics contributed reporting.





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