Legal questions about recall elections of Colorado Senators Angela Giron and John Morse continue

DENVER - The Colorado Supreme Court is considering a question from Gov. John Hickenlooper on whether voters in two legislative recalls have to vote "yes" or "no" first on the recall to have their votes for a successor validated.

Senators Angela Giron of Pueblo and John Morse of Colorado Springs face recall votes after supporting gun-control measures that included expanded background checks and ammunition magazine limits.

The court said parties interested in the legislative recall may submit arguments on the matter by Tuesday morning. The governor and state attorney general say the question is important because the Sept. 10 elections could require a recount or even be invalidated if someone raises a legal challenge afterward.

In a court filing Friday, Hickenlooper says officials recently learned that the state constitutional requirement saying voters must first vote on the recall before voting for a candidate may violate rights to voting and expression under the U.S. Constitution.

It's unclear when the high court will rule.

The Quinnipiac University poll released last week showed most Colorado voters oppose recall efforts against two Democratic legislators who supported stricter gun laws, but a majority of voters disagree with the new legislation.

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