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Petition to recall 12th Judicial District Attorney Alonzo Payne found ‘sufficient’ by State


DENVER, Colo. (KRDO) -- The Colorado Department of State announced Thursday that the petition to recall District Attorney Alonzo Payne was found "sufficient as required by statute." Payne is currently the District Attorney for Colorado's 12th Judicial District, which covers the San Luis Valley.

According to the Colorado Secretary of State's Office, on May 26, proponents of the petition to recall Payne managed to gain nearly 1,000 more signatures needed.

Proponents were required to gather 3,996 signatures, equaling 25% of all the votes cast in the previous election for District Attorney in the 12th Judicial District in Colorado. They submitted 5,974 petition signatures to the Elections Division of the Secretary of State's office.

After a line-by-line review, officials determined there were 4,757 valid signatures.

Under Colorado law, officials say there is a 15-day protest period, during which any eligible elector can file a protest with the Secretary of State's Office. Barring a successful protest, after the protest period, the Governor will be responsible for settling an election date.

Below is a petition verification summary:

Total number of qualified signature lines3,996Total number of qualified signature lines5,974
Total number of entries rejected (invalid)1,217
Total number of entries accepted (valid)4,757
Number of valid signatures required3,996

To view the statement of sufficiency, click here.




  1. What were the pretenses the allegations listed as to why Alonzo Payne should be recalled? This seems to be the meat of this article, yet it was left out. Why?

    1. When writing a news article one shouldn’t have to go elsewhere to find out the why. Good news provides the links and direct quotes to these questions.

    2. “about a dozen complaints have been filed against him tied to victims’ rights, and he faces an investigation by the Colorado Attorney General…for not pursuing charges on certain large drug busts, and Payne has been the subject of strife from many in the community because they say he has let criminals get away with crimes they should be charged for.” Look on K O A A for their article, considering Payne.

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