Judge rules that recall petitions for Colorado Senators Morse and Giron are valid

Recall elections set for September 10

DENVER - A Denver judge refused to stop recall elections for two Colorado Democratic senators who supported gun restrictions, even though the lawmakers are challenging the validity of the petitions.

Denver District Court Judge Robert Hyatt made the decision Thursday afternoon.

Colorado Springs Senate President John Morse and Pueblo Sen. Angela Giron argued that the recall petitions against them are invalid because they didn't ask for an election for a successor like the state constitution mandates.

The lawmakers sought a preliminary injunction from the judge, but didn't get it.

Hyatt said "the meter begins to run now" on the timeline for setting the recall election dates.

After the judge's decision, Governor John Hickenlooper signed an executive order setting the recall elections for September 10.