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Special election rules detailed for Pueblo recall

Political party leaders met with the Pueblo County clerk on Monday to go over the mechanics of the Sept. 10 recall election against state Sen. Angela Giron, D-Pueblo.

“We’re going to be making our processes up as we go along. I am going to include you guys with every decision I make. I’m going to let you know about any issues that may come up, after conferring with the secretary of state. If it’s one of those issues where I need your input, I will ask for it,” County Clerk and Recorder Gilbert “Bo” Ortiz told a small group of Republican and Democrat leaders.

Giron faces a recall because of her support of new, stricter gun laws in this past legislative session.

Ortiz, a Democrat, met with six party officials at election headquarters in what was a non-confrontational sit down that both sides said was educational and informative.

Special elections differ in various ways from a general election.

Republicans asked questions concerning election judges, methods of voting and how new election laws will play into the recall process.

Ortiz said he plans to launch a media campaign to inform voters on ballot wording and how to cast a vote.

Mail ballots will be sent out, but unlike voting in neighborhood precincts, only three locations will be set up where people can vote in person — Pueblo West Library, Colorado State Fair Southwest Motors Events Center and election headquarters, 720 Main St.

As part of the media campaign, Ortiz told party officials he’d let them review the information first.

“If you see any hint where there is a political issue, and I’m sure you guys won’t have any problem commenting, I will do my best to make it neutral,” Ortiz said.

nickb@chieftain.com

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