PUEBLO, Colo. - Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler is refusing to pay the cost of last year's recall elections in Pueblo and El Paso counties unless lawmakers approve it.
State Sen. George Rivera, a Republican from Pueblo, and state Sen. Bernie Herpin, a Republican from Colorado Springs, have told Gessler the state is required to cover the $270,000 it cost Pueblo County and the $150,000 it cost El Paso County to conduct the special elections last year.
Those recall races ousted Democratic state Sens. Angela Giron, of Pueblo, and John Morse, of Colorado Springs over their votes on gun issues. Rivera and Herpin were elected to replace them.
According to the Pueblo Chieftain, Gessler isn't opposed to reimbursing the counties if the Legislature provides the funds to do it.