Colorado state Senate President John Morse (D) will be the first state-level official to face a recall election, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported Tuesday.
Morse was targeted by a group called El Paso Freedom Defense Fund because he supported state gun laws. The secretary of state’s office said 10,137 registered voters signed a petition to recall Morse through election. Only 7,178 were necessary to bring the issue to a ballot.
Shortly after the signatures were verified, however, a voter in Morse’s district filed a protest saying the recall petition hadn’t included language necessary to mandate the election of a successor should Morse be removed from office. If the challenge fails, a recall election could be held in August.