This week activists from the Recall Rhonda Fields movement will do many things that will get us closer to filing paperwork on Colorado House Representative Rhonda Fields.
I would like to have an update meeting for the folks who were not able to attend the meeting at the Double Tree Hotel on Iliff, at I225, in Aurora last Friday night.
We visited the SoS Office (Secretary of State) Thursday, prior to our coffee klatch. It was a very interesting visit.
We will be getting our database activist a copy of the SoS voter database, so we can determine our best strategy for our ground game. The SoS database will also tell us the breakdown of registered voters.
Many people believe that Fields is untouchable. Looking at the voter stats in House District 42 will give us a better feel for what we can expect. I do not believe she will get 73% a second time. She has been WAY TOO controversial to earn a landslide in a recall.
The key now is come up with a strategy that capitalizes on her unpopularity. She had a pathetic voter turn out in November 2012. There is a waking giant in Aurora, Colorado, in HD42 as well. Now that this giant is awake, perhaps it is ready to stand and abolish this statist politician's job.
We will talk about our MARKETING strategy. I believe with the right marketing, we can undermine Rhonda's foothold. She is NOT untouchable. We have a slew of talented people, who are capable of thinking out of the box.
Myself, and two other very dedicated activists took a trip to the SoS--Secretary of State Office on Thursday. I have found that there are way too many urban legends regarding recall elections. I wanted to get FACTS from the source.
The person who handles recalls, candidates, and other campaign issues is Ben Schler, the Ballot Access Manager. Ben spent an hour with us and answered our questions thoroughly. Ben suggested that anyone participating in a recall, read the statute for recall elections. CRS[masked]
The language about recalls starts on page 298.
Ben told us he was getting a lot of communication from citizens, and has seen a blurring of the lines between what is needed for a recall election, and a ballot initiative. Adopting aspects of a ballot initiative can make the process more difficult, without a good reason.
- Recall petitions do not need to be numbered. Although we will have a numbering system for our own records, to track the possession of each petition packet.
- Recall signatures do not need to be numbered. This minimizes the printing costs and labor required to produce petitions significantly.
- There is no prohibition on talking about candidates when circulating a petition. There are rules under the Campaign Finance Laws that might dictate something different, but the SoS does not prohibit people from talking about or promoting any candidate while circulating a petition. If you are planning on recalling a Colorado Senator or Representative, you are free to talk about candidates, you are permitted to be partisan.
- The petition template is provided by the SoS. There is no reinventing the wheel, no drama about fonts, margins, or borders.
- The petition approval process is mostly to make sure the staff at the SoS can work with the format. The SoS will allow you to modify the petition template they provide for your convenience, and even allow you to print them on 8.5" X 11" instead of A4. They require that you get their approval first, because they have to work with all of the pages as well.
- The SoS qualifies every signature, there is no sampling (sampling happens with ballot initiatives). This makes sense because a ballot initiative can have 130,000 signatures, while a recall can have 10,000 to 25,000.
- You do not need to spend thousands on printing. You can print your own petitions if you are meticulous about assembling them. If you outsource the printing, forgoing numbers on signatures reduces the cost significantly. You don't have to have an out-of-town outfit print your petitions.
- You do not have to be represented by a non-profit or issue committee. Lois Court, the statist she is, has made petitions over 200 pages require an issue committee. Most recall election petitions for senators and respresentatives will be over 200 pages.
- Finally, and most importantly, do not take what is published here as fact. Read the statute, call or visit with Ben at the SoS, and get the facts.