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Colorado recall vote on gun control without mail ballots changes dynamic

Sunday, August 18, 2013

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With mail ballots out of the question, recall elections for two Democratic state senators who backed new firearm restrictions will test how enthusiastic their backers are about getting to the polls in person — and how badly gun-rights advocates want to kick out the lawmakers.

At a time when most Colorado voters prefer voting by mail, a court ruling this week that requires in-person voting injects uncertainty about which side has the advantage in the state’s first legislative recalls.

Democratic Senate President John Morse, one of the lawmakers facing a recall, said there’s an expectation from some voters that they’ll get a ballot by mail because that’s what they’re used to. In November, about 74 percent of Colorado voters cast their ballot by mail.

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