(and How to Recall Them)
Charter for the City of Golden, Section 4.6:"Any elected officer of the city may be recalled at any time after six months in office by the electors entitled to vote for a successor of such incumbent through the procedure and in the manner provided for in article XXI of the [Colorado] constitution. Consistent with the constitution and this charter the council may provide by ordinance for further recall procedure."
A Table of Golden City Council Members, Eligible Electors, and Signatures Needed to Initiate a Recall Election:
Council Member Bailiwick Total Votes Cast in Last Election for Council Seat (Source: Transcript) Signatures Needed to Initiate Recall (25% of Total Votes) Webb Aldrich
Ward 1: Area bounded by 24th Street; South Golden Road, Ulysses Street; I-70; and US 6 (includes area south of I-70)
318 80 Jan Schenck, Mayor
Ward 2: Area bounded by US 6; Heritage Road; Lookout Mountain; and 19th Street (includes Beverly Heights)
237 60 Ed Ramstetter
Ward 3: Area bounded by Washington Avenue; 15th Street; Jackson Street; South Golden Road to Ulysses Street; North and South Table Mountains; Pine Ridge Road
715 179 Brian Starling
Ward 4: Area bounded by Washington Avenue; 15th Street; Jackson Street; 24th Street; western city limits
581 145 Bill McKee
District 1: Wards 1 & 2
1,158 290 Chuck Baroch
District 2: Wards 3 & 4
1,608 402 Carol Johnson
At-Large: All Wards
The Colorado State Constitution: Article XXI, "Recall from Office"Section 1. State officers may be recalled. Every elective public officer of the state of Colorado may be recalled from office at any time by the registered electors entitled to vote for a successor of such incumbent through the procedure and in the manner herein provided for, which procedure shall be known as the recall, and shall be in addition to and without excluding any other method provided by law.
The procedure hereunder to effect the recall of an elective public officer shall be as follows:
A petition signed by registered electors entitled to vote for a successor of the incumbent sought to be recalled, equal in number to twenty-five percent of the entire vote cast at the last preceding election for all candidates for the position which the incumbent sought to be recalled occupies, demanding the election of the successor to the officer named in said petition, shall be filled in the office in which the petitions for nominations to office held by the incumbent sought to be recalled are required to be filed; provided. . . and such petition shall contain a general statement, in not more than two hundred words, of the ground or grounds on which such recall is sought, which statement is intended for the information of the registered electors, and the registered electors shall be the sole and exclusive judges of the legality, reasonableness and sufficiency of such ground or grounds assigned for such recall, and said ground or grounds shall not be open to review.
Section 2. Form of recall petition. Any recall petition may be circulated and signed in sections, provided each section shall contain a full and accurate copy of the title and text of the petition; and such recall petition shall be filed in the office in which petitions for nominations to office held by the incumbent sought to be recalled are required to be filed.
The signatures to such recall petition need not all be on one sheet of paper, but each signer must add to his signature the date of his signing said petition, and his place of residence, giving his street number, if any, should he reside in a town or city. The person circulating such sheet must make and subscribe an oath on said sheet that the signatures thereon are genuine, and a false oath, willfully so made and subscribed by such person, shall be perjury and be punished as such. All petitions shall be deemed and held to be sufficient if they appear to be signed by the requisite number of signers, and such signers shall be deemed and held to be registered electors, unless a protest in writing under oath shall be filed in the office in which such petition has been filed, by some registered elector, within fifteen days after such petition is filed, setting forth specifically the grounds of such protest, whereupon the officer with whom such petition is filed shall forthwith mail a copy of such protest to the person or persons named in such petition as representing the signers thereof, together with a notice fixing a time for hearing such protest not less than five nor more than ten days after such notice is mailed. All hearings shall be before the officer with whom such protest is filed, and all testimony shall be under oath. Such hearings shall be summary and not subject to delay, and must be concluded within thirty days after such petition is filed, and the result thereof shall be forthwith certified to the person or persons representing the signers of such petition. In case the petition is not sufficient it may be withdrawn by the person or a majority of the persons representing the signers of such petition, and may, within fifteen days thereafter, be amended and refiled as an original petition. The finding as to the sufficiency of any petition may be reviewed by any state court of general jurisdiction in the county in which such petition is filed, upon application of the person or a majority of persons representing the signers of such petition, but such review shall be had and determined forthwith. The sufficiency, or the determination of the sufficiency, of the petition referred to in this section shall not be held, or construed, to refer to the ground or grounds assigned in such petition for recall of the incumbent sought to be recalled from office thereby.
when such petition is sufficient, the officer with whom such recall petition was filed, shall forthwith submit said petition, together with a certificate of its sufficiency to the governor, who shall thereupon order and fix the date for holding the election not less than thirty days nor more than sixty days from the date of the submission of said petition; provided, if a general election is to be held within ninety days after the date of submission of said petition, the recall election shall be held as part of said general election.