(Denver Post) Petitions to recall Senate President John Morse are in compliance with the state constitution, Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert announced Wednesday in a significant ruling that advances an effort to oust the state lawmaker from office.

Attorneys for a supporter of Morse, an El Paso County Democrat faced with a recall for his leadership on tougher Colorado gun laws, had sought to nullify more than 10,100 petition signatures in a legal protest to the Secretary of State’s office. Staiert’s ruling against them now sends the protest to Denver District Court.

“The Morse recall petition format meets all constitutional and statutory requirements,” Staiert, a Republican and former municipal judge, wrote in the decision.

“The petition format must be liberally construed in favor of allowing the recall exercise.”

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