How petition signatures are checked in Colorado

Posted at 3:50 PM, May 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-01 17:50:18-04

The wild Republican contest for U.S. Senate in Colorado got even wilder this week as the Secretary of State's Office informed three candidates that they had failed to qualify for the primary ballot.

On Thursday, Robert Blaha and Ryan Frazier learned they had each fallen short of the required 10,500 petition signatures. The next day, they asked to have the ballot certification process stopped until they could make a case the signatures found invalid should be counted.

A judge ruled that another candidate, former state Rep. Jon Keyser, can appear on the ballot after finding there was no intentional fraud behind a mistake that would have left him 86 signatures short of appearing on the ballot.

On this week's Politics Unplugged, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams talks about the problems with those candidate petitions and why it is necessary for the candidates to go to court to get their names on the ballot.

Politics Unplugged airs Sundays at 4 p.m. on Denver7.


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