Polling Data Driving Debate? CBS News conducted a poll by telephone from March 20-24, 2013 among 1,181 adults nationwide. “The CBS News poll shows support for stricter gun control laws overall has dropped since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.”
If you put your faith and support in polling numbers you might be persuaded that supporters of the Second Amendment are winning the battle. Let’s not let our guard down just yet.
Here in Colorado, the push to secure our Second Amendment rights continues in earnest. There are legal proceedings brewing to challenge the recently signed legislation by Governor Hickenlooper. Also there are now several recall campaigns under way to replace
Sen. John Morse (Senate District 11)
Sen. Evie Hudak (Senate District 19)
And were that not enough, there is a grassroots effort under way over the past week to recall Governor John Hickenlooper who signed the offending legislation.
In Colorado, citizens are granted the authority to perform a recall election by the Section 1 of Article 21 of the Colorado Constitution. Colorado is one of nine states with provisions that the right of recall extends to recalling members of its federal congressional delegation as well.
For the three recall campaigns underway the have the following tasks ahead of them.
A recall petition must be filed with the office in which nomination petitions are filed for the official that is being recalled. In this case this is the office of the Colorado Secretary of State. The petition must include a statement of no less than 200 words explaining the ground on which the official is to be recalled.
After the petition is approved by the Colorado Secretary of State, circulation of the petition may begin. Petitioners will have 60 days to gather the proper number of signatures. After securing the proper number of signatures, and a percentage more as a buffer, have been gathered the petition is submitted to the office in which it was filed to be deemed sufficient. This entails verifying the signatures. Once the petition has been deemed sufficient, the office in which it was filed will deliver the petition along with a certificate of it’s sufficiency to the governor who will then set a date for the recall election.
After the petition has been deemed sufficient, the official against whom the recall was filed may resign within five days without having the recall election held against them. if the official does not resign the recall election will go on as scheduled. The election will be held not more than 60 days after the petition was deemed sufficient but not within 30 days after. However if a general election is within 90 days of filing, then the recall election will beheld in conjunction with the general election. The ballot will include the original statement from the petitioners as to why the official in question should be recalled, as well as a no more than 300 word rebuttal from the official if they so wish.
The ballot will have two boxes marked “Yes” approving the recall and “No” disapproving the recall. there will also be a list of candidates for whom those that voted for the recall may vote for to replace the official. In this sense the recall election is held simultaneously with the election of the new official. If a majority of voters vote “no” on the recall, the official whom the recall was filed against will remain in their position. If there is a majority “Yes” votes then the new official will be the candidate on the list with the most votes.
Now the grassroots work begins, not only here in Colorado but anywhere our Constitutional rights are being attacked.