Special election needed for Menconi recall | VailDaily.com

Special election needed for Menconi recall

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado
Arn Menconi

EAGLE COUNTY – The group trying to recall county commissioner Arn Menconi did not turn in the necessary 4,367 petition signatures by the end of July to be included in the November election, said county clerk and recorder Teak Simonton.

If the petitioners wanted the issue on the Nov. 6 regular election ballot, the signatures would have had to be turned in July 27.

For a special election that would take place toward the end of the year, the signatures would need to be submitted by Sept. 17.

Simonton said it is hard to pinpoint a specific day for a potential recall election because there are so many variables and timetables that go into the recall process.

“It’s a very complicated process with fluid timelines and there are a lot of different possibilities that can change drastically the direct path to a specific election date,” she said.

Here is what the process looks like:

– Once the petition is handed in, the county has 10 business days to get the signatures verified.

– After that, 15 days are allowed for anyone to protest the petition. In that case, up to 40 more days are allowed for the protest.

– If there is no protest, there are five days for the official in question to resign.

– Recall law states that after the petition is deemed sufficient and the time for protest has passed, the board of commissioners must set the election for 45 to 75 days later. Simonton said that 75 days is the more realistic amount of time.

From the day the election is set, the county needs more than 60 days to get the issue on the ballot, Simonton said. That is because candidates who want to replace the commissioner have 15 days to gather signatures to run. The county would then have 15 days to create and verify the ballots.

In addition, the clerk’s office must have the printed ballots 30 days before the election.

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 748-2928 or mwong@vaildaily.com.

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