Recall elections a local expense, state rules

DENVER - Colorado's first state legislative recalls will be paid for by county governments, not the state.

Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler says his office doesn't have legal authority to reimburse or fund recall elections Sept. 10.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports (http://tinyurl.com/nyuxdw5 ) Pueblo County's clerk had asked the state for advance payment for the election.

State Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo and Senate President John Morse in El Paso County face recall elections following petitioning by gun-rights activists. Both are Democrats. El Paso County hasn't sought state funds for its recall election.

Gessler's office said Wednesday that Republican Bernie Herpin has made the ballot to challenge Morse. Former Pueblo police officer George Rivera is challenging Giron.

The recalls are the first for state lawmakers since Colorado adopted the recall in 1912.
 

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