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Old 3rd November 2020, 01:10 PM   #1
Silly Green Monkey
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Colorado, and GOP succcess/fails at outright stealing elections

Colorado is a right-to-work state, but it's also a right-to-be-elected state, where any electoral result can be overturned if a recall petition gets enough votes. Late one night when I was trying to sleep, I remembered what set me permanently against the Republican Party--- that time we voted on our representatives and the GOP sneaked in and stole their seats in a very poorly attended recall vote.

I wasn't able to find out exactly what year it happened, but it was during the years I worked at the newspaper (2008-2014). We'd had our Election Day, winning candidates were setting up their offices, and then two of our state representatives had recall elections. One was mine, one was in Pueblo, and I was one of less than twenty thousand voters counting both sides. Both recalls succeeded in stealing the seat from the voters' choice and giving it to a conservative. I was pretty sure it hadn't happened since, but I found this Denver Post article that shows that it's not for want of trying.

Colorado's fairly alone in having such a lax recall policy, and also remote, so these countering of the democratic process don't really get national attention. It should, though, because it highlights the sheer scumminess of the GOP in trying to immediately undo an election that didn't go their way, because voters didn't want them, by quietly having another election long (or even not long) after Election Day where not every voter will even find out about it in time let alone have the ability to get to the polls. Even setting Election Day as a holiday wouldn't protect Colorado voters from having their votes essentially invalidated.
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