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Recall Petitions

Recall petitions were initiated in the City of Westminster for Mayor Herb Atchison, Mayor Pro Tem Anita Seitz, and Councillors Kathryn Skulley and Jon Voelz on Sept. 1, with the filing of notarized affidavits stating the reasons for the proposed recall.  The recall committee is registered with the City Clerk’s Office as “Westminster For Responsible Government.”

Update: The City Clerk’s Office has determined there were errors in the noted disposition to a total of 10 (ten) signature lines in 18 recall petition sections that were amended and cured.  These errors have been corrected, which results in 10 valid signatures that were previously noted as invalid.  The total number of signatures reviewed by the City Clerk’s office remains at 21,568 total. No new signatures were added or reviewed.

As such, the City Clerk has released an Amended Final Certification of Insufficiency, dated December 10, 2020, which corrects these errors, and specifically notes the petition section and line of correction.  In addition, four additional reports have been added as attachments to this amendment, which detail the line-by-line disposition of each signature line from the 18 amended and cured petition sections. 

Media inquiries should be directed to Ryan Hegreness, rhegrene@cityofwestminster.us or at 303-658-2008.

Previous Activity on Recall Petitions

Monday, December 7, 2020
The City Clerk issued the final Certification of Insufficiency. Click here to view the full report.

Monday, November 30, 2020
The recall committee amended and refiled their four recall petitions with the City Clerk’s Office.  

Tuesday, November 24, 2020
The third-party protest hearing officer issued her Findings of Fact and Conclusion from the petition protests that were heard on Friday, Nov. 20. Click here to view the report. 

Friday, November 20, 2020
The third-party protest hearing officer, Karen Goldman (appointed by Westminster City Council on October 12, 2020 by Resolution No. 37), will review any protests submitted and that remain for review, and will hear from witnesses on Friday, November 20, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. during a virtual hearing. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
The recall committee withdrew all four recall petitions related to this matter. The physical custody of all petitions was transferred back to the recall committee the same day.  

Friday, November 13, 2020
The City Clerk's Office completed the review of the submitted petitions and issued the Certification of Initial Determination of Insufficiency. Click here to view the report and all available documentation referenced in the summary of completed sections below.  

The recall process is overseen by the City Clerk and follows a set of rules and guidelines. A general overview of the recall process is outlined below. 

1. Inspect each original petition section for legal compliance. [completed]
2. Inspect each original petition section for completeness. [completed] 
3. Conduct an initial count of signature lines collected by petitioners to determine whether the minimum threshold number was reached. [completed] 
            Please note: Only signatures collected during the 60-day period from Sept. 1 through the submission of petitions on Oct. 30, may be considered. Pursuant to C.R.S. § 31-4-503(3)(a), and W.M.C. 7-1-10(D) the city is prohibited by law from accepting any additional petition signatures after Oct. 30
4. Disassemble and copy all petition sections that will move to registered elector verification. [completed] 
5. Line-by-line registered elector verification processing (also done by temporary staff). [completed]
6. City Clerk determines sufficiency or insufficiency and issues a Certification. [completed]
            Only signatures collected during the 60-day period from Sept. 1 through the submission of petitions on Oct. 30, may be considered. Pursuant to C.R.S. § 31-4-503(3)(a), and W.M.C. 7-1-10(D) the city is prohibited by law from accepting any additional petition signatures after Oct. 30
7. The third-party protest hearing officer, Karen Goldman (appointed by Westminster City Council on October 12, 2020 by Resolution No. 37), will review any protests submitted and that remain for review, and will hear from witnesses on Friday, November 20, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. during a virtual hearing. [completed]

Friday, October 30, 2020
The recall committee filed four petitions to recall Mayor Herb Atchison, Mayor Pro Tem Anita Seitz, Councillor Kathryn Skulley, and Councillor Jon Voelz, with the City Clerk’s Office.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Recall petitions were approved as to legal form by the City Clerk’s Office.

Monday, August 31, 2020
Ms. Jessica True submitted a sworn affidavit to the City Clerk’s Office, setting forth a specific statement of grounds to circulate recall petitions for Mayor Herb Atchison, Mayor Pro Tem Anita Seitz, and Councillors Kathryn Skulley and Jon Voelz, pursuant to the Westminster City Charter (“Charter”) Section 3.18 and Westminster Municipal Code Section (“W.M.C.”) 7-1-10.