HB12-1293 - Recall Elections Modify Procedures & Deadlines

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning Modifications To Procedures That Govern Recall Elections.

The bill amends, updates, and clarifies various laws governing recall elections, notably:

  • Sections 2 and 12 prohibit profane or false statements from being included in either a recall petition's statement of grounds or in an elected officer's statement of justification, respectively;
  • Section 5 changes the appropriate official with whom to file a petition for recall in non-school board recall elections from the district court to the applicable political subdivision's designated election official;
  • Section 6 sets forth specific procedures for recall petitions and review of recall petitions, directs designated election officials to provide specific reasons for rejecting petitions, and allows a committee that submitted a petition not approved as to form to resubmit a corrected petition or appeal a petition deemed insufficient;
  • Section 8 changes the event that, for timing purposes, determines whether a recall election must be conducted notwithstanding an officer's resignation;
  • Section 9 tasks designated election officials, rather than a political subdivision, with setting recall election dates, and applies current law merging certain recall elections with general elections to special district elections, if a special district director is the subject of the recall;
  • Section 10 establishes procedures for nonpartisan recall elections conducted by mail ballot;
  • Section 11 specifies how notices of recall elections must be published;
  • Section 12 requires ballots to contain a blank space for electors to use to vote for a write-in candidate;
  • Section 14 aligns recall elections conducted by mail with other laws pertaining to mail-in and mail ballot voting;
  • Section 15 specifies a certain period of time within which a write-in candidate must file his or her affidavit of intent;
  • Section 16 distinguishes between partisan and nonpartisan elections for procedures to nominate a person to succeed an officer sought to be recalled;
  • Section 17 excludes write-in candidates from the potential successors to be listed on a recall election ballot; and
  • Section 19 requires political subdivisions to reimburse county clerk and recorders for reasonable recall election expenses.
Latest update: May 29, 2012
05/29/2012 Governor Action - Signed
05/08/2012 Signed by the President of the Senate
05/08/2012 Sent to the Governor
05/07/2012 Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/01/2012 Senate Third Reading Passed
04/30/2012 Senate Second Reading Passed
04/27/2012 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily
04/24/2012 Senate Committee on State, Veterans & Military Affairs Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/18/2012 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans & Military Affairs
04/18/2012 House Third Reading Passed
04/09/2012 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily
04/05/2012 House Second Reading Passed
04/03/2012 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily
03/29/2012 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
02/07/2012 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs