CO Supreme Court kicks Rep. Lamborn off primary ballot over invalid signatures
DENVER—The Colorado Supreme Court rocked the state’s political establishment Monday by throwing six-term GOP Rep. Doug Lamborn off the primary ballot, citing problems with his signature-gathering.
The court ruled Monday that Mr. Lamborn, who represents the 5th Congressional District based in Colorado Springs, fell short of the 1,000 signatures required to qualify for the Republican primary after excluding petitions collected by a circulator who was not a Colorado resident.
“Because the challenged circulator was statutorily ineligible to serve as a circulator, the signatures he collected are invalid and may not be considered,” said the court in its ruling.
The decision leaves the congressman with essentially two choices if he wants to retain his seat: He can file an appeal with a federal court, as expected, or he can run as a write-in candidate.
“We realize the gravity of this conclusion, but Colorado law does not permit us to conclude otherwise,” said the court.