Recall election on State Sen. Morse Sept. 10

       A recall election for State Senator John Morse (Democrat, District 11) has been scheduled for Sept. 10.
       The date was set by the state after a total of 10,137 recall-seeking signatures from District 11 residents were validated in June.
       The opposition reflects anger from some constituents over legislation that Morse helped push through a Democrat-controlled Statehouse in the last session, including laws adding to gun control and renewable energy requirements, offering in-state tuition for illegal residents and allowing voter registration on the same day as an election.
       Displaying some irregular geographical boundaries, Senate District 11 includes Old Colorado City and the Westside, bordered in the north mostly by Fontanero, King and Uintah and on the south by Bear Creek Park and Wheeler Avenue. Other parts of the district take in Manitou Springs to the west and, to the east, the Colorado Springs downtown and central Colorado Springs areas as far east as Powers Boulevard.
       According to a press release from the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office, the ballot will be divided into two sections. One will ask whether Morse should be recalled; the other will allow voters to choose a successor to serve out the balance of Morse's term (through the end of 2014).
       The Republicans have selected former City Councilmember Bernie Herpin as their candidate. He will be elected if the votes go against the incumbent.
       Ballots will be sent out to the 68,888 active registered voters in Senate District 11 starting Aug. 19, the Clerk's Office release states.
       Morse is in his second term. He was re-elected in 2010, defeating Republican Owen Hill by a tally of 13,451 to 13,199, with 1,258 votes for Libertarian candidate Douglas Randall.

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