Aug 6, 2013 12:56 AM by Kirsten Bennett
The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office has released unofficial ballot language for the September 10 recall election of State Senate President John Morse (D-Colorado Springs.)
Ballots for the recall will be sent to all voters in Senate District 11. The ballot includes two questions. The first asks voters if Senator Morse should be recalled. The second is on the election of a successor if the recall is approved. The ballot also includes a statement from supporters of the recall and supporters of Sen. Morse. Read the unofficial language below.
Statement of Grounds for the Recall of Senator John Morse
Senator John Morse (D- Colorado Springs) has failed to represent the interests of his constituents and has taken direction from national organizations that do not represent the values and liberties of Colorado citizens. Despite having sworn to support and uphold the Constitution of the United States and of Colorado, he has shown contempt for the constitutional liberties of the people he represents.
He proposed legislation that shifted liability to firearms manufacturers and gun owners from violent criminals where it rightfully belonged. His legislation was drafted with significant input from the Brady Campaign, which attempts to subvert the Second Amendment rights of citizens.
He has limited public debate in the Senate and thereby minimized the opinions of Colorado citizens but permitted celebrities from other states to express their opinions on Colorado bills. These actions have shown contempt for firearm manufacturers and for the rights of Colorado citizens. Additionally, it was clearly an abuse of the coercive powers of government. Senator Morse's abuse of his office and his failure to respect the rights and interests of his constituents necessitates his recall from office as the only reasonable and available means to defend the inalienable liberties of the citizens of his district.
Senator John Morse's Statement
Vote NO on the out-of-state billionaires and extremists who are wasting $150,000 of our tax money and spending millions on a negative campaign to recall your twice-elected senator, John Morse. They are doing this because John responsibly voted to require criminal background checks for gun purchases.
In the state senate, his priorities are public safety, creating new jobs, strengthening our economy, and helping our veterans who have defended our freedom.
John Morse has spent most of his life serving our community as a paramedic, police officer and Police Chief. He has firsthand experience treating gunshot victims on the streets of Colorado Springs and has been shot at himself.
He led the fight to crack down on sexual predators and put them in prison where they belong.
Join John in voting NO to protect our kids.
Vote NO on felons and spouse abusers buying guns. Say NO to extremists.
Vote NO on recalling John Morse because it is Better to be Safe than Sorry.
Shall John Morse be recalled from the office of State Senate, District 11?
Yes _____ No _____
You must vote yes or no on the recall question in order to vote for a successor. No vote cast will be counted for any candidate for the office unless the voter also voted for or against the recall of the incumbent.
Candidates nominated to succeed John Morse should he be recalled:
(Vote for One)
(01) Bernie Herpin (Republican) (02) Write-in _______________