Early voting going strong in Colorado recall election

posted at 1:21 pm on September 9, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

In the wake of last December’s massacre in Newtown, a handful of states passed stricter gun-control measures for their states, largely along the lines of more restrictions on so-called ‘assault’ weapons and magazine capacity limits. Connecticut, New York, and Maryland’s new laws were the most notable, along with Colorado — but the gun-control changes haven’t been sitting too well with quite a few Coloradans. The momentum behind a grassroots effort to recall two state senators — who voted in favor of passing more gun control laws earlier this year, particularly a 15-round magazine capacity limit — has been growing in force over the summer, and Colorado’s first-ever recall election is finally taking place on Tuesday.

The predictions at the moment seem to range in and around the too-close-to-call category, but it sounds like early voting is definitely going strong.

Gun rights advocates launched the recall initiative against Colorado Senate President John Morse and Sen. Angela Giron because they voted for stricter gun laws, including limiting the size of ammunition magazines and requiring universal background checks.

Early voting in Colorado’s first legislative recall elections has been strong so far.

Some voting centers opened early Friday in Morse’s El Paso County district after lines formed on Thursday — the first day of early voting there.

A spokesman for the clerk’s office said turnout was similar to that on a busy day during a presidential election.

Early voting has been under way in Giron’s Pueblo County district for a week with more than 7,000 people voting so far. More voting centers were added Thursday.

Charles Cooke has the full background story at National Review, and meanwhile, although Coloradans’ backlash to new gun restrictions might be the most organized and outright, other states that rushed through more gun-control restriction in the beginning of the year might want to take stock of things, too. I’d guess that Maryland, for instance, probably lacks the momentum for anything like a recall election, but their new gun laws go into effect on October 1st — and not all of their residents seem to be one hundred percent on board with it. Via Fox News:

Applications for gun purchases in Maryland are soaring ahead of the start of a tough new firearms law that sets new magazine capacity limits and bans the sale of certain types of assault weapons.

The Washington Times reported that state police received 85,141 gun-purchase applications this year through Aug. 31. That’s compared with 70,099 applications in all of 2012 and 46,339 applications in 2011. Maryland State Police have increased staffing to cope.

In August 2012, 38 employees were assigned to conduct background checks, but this year 73 employees are doing that work, according to Sgt. Marc Black. Black said 60 temporary staffers are also rotating hours. …

The new gun law Maryland lawmakers passed earlier this year bans 45 types of assault weapons, but people who own them now will be able to keep them. The law also limits handgun magazines to 10 rounds and requires people to submit fingerprints to the state police to get a license to buy a handgun.


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Morse…Morsi….not a lot of difference.

Just a vowel movement away.

coldwarrior on September 9, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Interesting…

OmahaConservative on September 9, 2013 at 1:39 PM

I truly hope they win with the recall effort. That would be one small slap in the face to politicians who don’t listen to their constituents. Maybe it would wake up at least a few people who are having similar thoughts about voting for something no one in the District/State wants.

Johnnyreb on September 9, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Fraud will be epic. No way the dems want to see retaliation for gun laws be successful.

DanMan on September 9, 2013 at 1:42 PM

My wife’s evil stepfather, a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat and the biggest racist I ever met, lived in Maryland and was a big gun-rights supporter. The old bastard died several years ago but would probably be all upset over this, assuming the election of Barack Obama had not killed him.

Kafir on September 9, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Maybe Putin could intervene in this Colorado mess?

Someone call Chuck Todd and see if he can arrange it.

PappyD61 on September 9, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Some biatch leftist writer a couple of weeks ago “we are going to defeat them”.

I can’t wait for these results.

Schadenfreude on September 9, 2013 at 1:42 PM

The Democrats changed the voting laws in Colorado (without a single Republican vote) to allow a person to vote in a district if they have a “desire” to live there “at some point.” They do not have to provide identification or be registered to vote in the district.

The Democrats are doing their best to stuff ballots in this recall election and if the recalls succeed, it is despite the corruption of the democratic party.

If the recalls do not succeed, you can forget about Colorado electing a Republican, ever again. We’re lost. As a native, I’m speechless with anger and grief. To watch my State stolen like this is unspeakable.

bonnie_ on September 9, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Too bad I don’t live in Colorado. Too bad I’m not a Democrat.

If even one of those two statements were true, I would vote in this election.

RoadRunner on September 9, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Any longer I no longer trust our elections. Unless there are watchdogs I worry that rampant cheating will occur. This is an election the Dems cannot afford to lose.

neyney on September 9, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Well you have to give the Liberals their due, they really know how to get an economy going.

DDay on September 9, 2013 at 1:48 PM

In the wake of last December’s massacre in Newtown

Really? What proof do you have that there was a massacre in Newtown?

Akzed on September 9, 2013 at 1:53 PM

The Fraud by the Dems will be “unbelievably small”

ToddPA on September 9, 2013 at 1:57 PM

The anti-recall folks here in El Paso County have been extremely well funded and organized. We got three mailers in a single day, together with a doorknob ad and anti-recall workers going door to door.

Pavel on September 9, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Morse…Morsi….not a lot of difference.

Just a vowel movement away.

coldwarrior on September 9, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Only difference between Obama and Osama is a little BS.

jukin3 on September 9, 2013 at 2:23 PM

The peasants are revolting! More please, faster.

rbj on September 9, 2013 at 2:42 PM

The Dims are actively, and aggressively trying to steal these recall elections. College students bringing in backpacks full of ballots.

Every one of the voters coming out to vote in this election, are being disenfranchised by the rampant voter fraud being perpetrated by the Dimocrat Party and Anti-2nd Amendment lobbying groups.

Meople on September 9, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Too bad I don’t live in Colorado. Too bad I’m not a Democrat.

If even one of those two statements were true, I would vote in this election.

RoadRunner on September 9, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Too bad I live on the other side of town (not in Morse’s district) and I’m not a Dem – so I can’t vote for the recall either…
One of my sons lives in Morse’s district, but he doesn’t vote at all – says it doesn’t make any difference – and unfortunately, with the way our voting system is going, I really can’t argue against what he says…

dentarthurdent on September 9, 2013 at 2:46 PM

The new gun law Maryland lawmakers passed earlier this year bans 45 types of assault weapons, but people who own them now will be able to keep them. The law also limits handgun magazines to 10 rounds and requires people to submit fingerprints to the state police to get a license to buy a handgun.

The law is a joke, much like the politicians that run it, and I am hoping and praying every day that it is overturned.

Maryland is a beautiful state with ugly politics, one of the worst to live in.

Gatsu on September 9, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Voter fraud will be rampant.
Democrats, liberals, leftists and the media have successfully destroyed the country.

justltl on September 9, 2013 at 3:09 PM

The Dims are actively, and aggressively trying to steal these recall elections. College students bringing in backpacks full of ballots.
Meople on September 9, 2013 at 2:42 PM

I fully expect the Dems to line up every non-resident student from Colorado College to vote on this.
I’d bet Romney’s $10K that most of the votes supporting Morse will not be from legal residents of that district.

dentarthurdent on September 9, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Morse…Morsi….not a lot of difference.Just a vowel movement away.coldwarrior on September 9, 2013 at 1:37 PM

I see what you did there. ;)

AH_C on September 9, 2013 at 3:21 PM

I fully expect the Dems to line up every non-resident student from Colorado College to vote on this.
I’d bet Romney’s $10K that most of the votes supporting Morse will not be from legal residents of that district.

dentarthurdent on September 9, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Yes, that’s my fear as well. The Dems have learned that this is how they can “win” elections. And so they will do this every single place they can get away with it. Which unfortunately, is nearly everywhere in the country…still.

Voter ID needed NOW!

Meople on September 9, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Why would you have to be a Democrat to vote in the recall? It isn’t a primary.

GWB on September 9, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Maryland is a beautiful state with ugly politics, one of the worst to live in.
Gatsu on September 9, 2013 at 2:49 PM

My gun nut son wants to move there. He thinks the gun laws are a lot less than the ones in MA. Which they are even with this new set. Not only do we have to provide finger prints for any permit. We now have to provide a state issued PIN or use a fingerprint scanner when buying ammo. It’s not at all stores yet but it will be. Before we only had to show an permit to buy ammo.

Dr. Frank Enstine on September 9, 2013 at 3:34 PM

In the wake of last December’s massacre in Newtown…

Lost interest in the article after reading that false premise. No wonder so many buy the “Assad gassed his own people BS”…folks will believe anything the government and LSM tells ‘em.

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 9, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Why would you have to be a Democrat to vote in the recall? It isn’t a primary.

GWB on September 9, 2013 at 3:27 PM

If you’re a Dem it doesn’t matter where you live – you can still vote in any election as many times as you want….

dentarthurdent on September 9, 2013 at 4:00 PM

particularly a 15-magazine capacity limit

Is this supposed to mean that people can buy only 15 magazines?

Or is this just sloppy writing intended to mean a 15-round magazine limit?

bgoldman on September 9, 2013 at 4:15 PM

ALRIGHT Colorado!

Teach your Representatives to DO THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE OF COLORADO, and not the will of their corrupt, lying PHONEY of a Leader in DC!

#BeClingers —————> #AmericaRISING

exodus2011 on September 9, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Is this supposed to mean that people can buy only 15 magazines?
Or is this just sloppy writing intended to mean a 15-round magazine limit?

bgoldman on September 9, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Erika did some sloppy writing.
The Colorado law limits magazine capacity to 15 rounds.

I planned ahead and bought lots (way more than 15) of those sceery high cap assault mag clips before the law took effect…..

dentarthurdent on September 9, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Really? What proof do you have that there was a massacre in Newtown?

Akzed on September 9, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Did I miss something?

PointnClick on September 9, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Erika did some sloppy writing.

That was a rhetorical question. She does a lot of sloppy writing.

bgoldman on September 9, 2013 at 6:56 PM

GO CO!

Newtown can keep their traps shut. You people go cower in your liberal holes, the rest of the US will arm up and protect the kids with GUNS.

Kick the bastards out CO ! !

TX-96 on September 9, 2013 at 7:01 PM

…good!

KOOLAID2 on September 9, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Too bad I don’t live in Colorado. Too bad I’m not a Democrat.

If even one of those two statements were true, I would vote in this election.

RoadRunner on September 9, 2013 at 1:44 PM

But, but… You COULD! As proven by a liberal reporter. You only need to register with the counties and “promise” them you will be moving there in 22 days or less. In another idiotic law proposed by Giron and passed by the CO.

The reported did just that to prove how idiotic the law is. He swears that even though he was really, really tempted to vote for Morse, he did not fill in a name. Right…

This reported heavy turnout in the past 3 days makes me nervous as I suspect it is not what we think and expect. I’d be checking with all the bus rental companies in the area to see how many were rented and then check how many of these “promise to move” registrations can be tracked. I’d also want to know who is counting the votes, we should not forget what happened to Allen West at 1AM after an earlier lead.

riddick on September 9, 2013 at 10:20 PM

riddick on September 9, 2013 at 10:20 PM

If you’re talking about Jon Caldera, he’s not a liberal reporter. He’s with the Colorado based Independence Institute, which is very conservative.
But you are correct about him trying to make a point about how stupid the law is.

dentarthurdent on September 9, 2013 at 10:37 PM

dentarthurdent on September 9, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Reported as “liberal leaning” think tank.

In any case, seems voter fraud is in full swing in Giron’s district, same as 2012. Any time you have “unions” in charge of voting machines you can’t expect anything less.

riddick on September 9, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Oh, as he openly stated and as I posted above, he REALLY WANTED to vote for Morse, so yes, he must be “independent”.

riddick on September 9, 2013 at 10:46 PM

riddick on September 9, 2013 at 10:45 PM
riddick on September 9, 2013 at 10:46 PM

I don’t know where you’re getting your information, but you need to be more selective, and/or read more carefully.

Indpendence Institute is nowhere near left leaning:
http://www.i2i.org/

And you need to read carefully what Caldera is saying and how and why:
http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_24040159/new-el-paso-county-resident-jon-caldara-turns

dentarthurdent on September 9, 2013 at 10:53 PM