Officially, Colorado residents won’t be voting in the recall of two state senators who supported tighter gun control laws until Tuesday. But if early voting is an indication of how the recall will turn out, then state Senate President John Morse and state Sen. Angela Giron may need new jobs.
Fox News reported that lines formed for early voting in Mr. Morse’s El Paso County district on Thursday, compelling centers to open early on Friday. And election officials are reporting that early turnout in other districts — such as Ms. Giron’s Pueblo County, where more than 7,000 have cast ballots so far — has been almost as heavy as in presidential elections.
The two senators were vocal advocates in the legislative push to tighten gun controls in the state in the wake of the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shootings by James Holmes and the later school rampage by Adam Lanza in Newtown, Conn.
Colorado now limits the size of ammunition magazines and requires background checks for all purchases. Gun-rights groups and individuals launched the recall effort shortly after the vote, while a number of sheriffs around the state have sued to overturn the new laws, which went into effect July 1.