PUEBLO, Colo. - Vote centers have opened in Pueblo, meaning Colorado's first-ever recall election for a state lawmaker is under way.
Democratic Sen. Angela Giron is being recalled because she supported a gun control package this year that gun-right advocates say goes too far. Democratic Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs is also being recalled, though polling locations in his district haven't opened yet.
The Pueblo vote centers will be open through Monday, September 9. Election Day is Tuesday, September 10.
The recalls have been mired in legal confusion ever since gun-rights activist turned in petitions to force the lawmakers to a recall vote. Lawyers representing the Democrats filed a flurry of challenges. Once those were resolved and the election date set, third-party groups filed additional challenges. Those weren't settled until Thursday, when a Denver judge gave Pueblo County clearance for its voting procedure.
Campaigns supporting Giron and Morse have raised nearly $2 million. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad have each contributed large sums to Taxpayers for Responsible Democracy, which is working to keep Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs and Pueblo Sen. Angela Giron in office. Bloomberg, who has advocated for stricter gun laws, contributed $350,000 and Broad $250,000.
Pueblo United for Angela has raised $586,000 and A Whole Lot of People for John Morse $606,000, according to state campaign filings Tuesday. Taxpayers for Responsible Democracy has raised $708,000.
The National Rifle Association has spent about $108,600 to oppose the lawmakers. It's among the largest contributors to opponents of Giron and Morse.