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Rico Figueroa Amicus Brief

Rico Figueroa Amicus Brief

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SUPREME COURT STATE OF COLORADO 2 East 14th Avenue Denver, CO 80203
Defendant/Petitioner: SCOTT GESSLER, in his official capacity as Colorado Secretary of State v. Plaintiffs/Respondents: NICOLE S. HANLEN, LYNN D. USSERY, JAMES H. JOY, JUNE MARIE MCNEES, KELLY L. MCNEES, KAREN MARQUEZ, MEAGAN GABALDON, and DAVID J. RODENBAUGH
 
▲ COURT USE ONLY ▲
 
 Attorneys for Amici Curiae
Mario Nicolais, II (#38589) Kelly Breuer (#28558) Hackstaff Law Group, LLC 1601 Blake Street, Suite 310 Denver, Colorado 80202 Telephone: 303-534-4317 Email: mn@hackstafflaw.com  kb@hackstafflaw.com Case Number: 2013SA306 
AMICUS CURIAE BRIEF OF ENRICO FIGUEROA, BRIAN VANDE KROL, JOSEPH HOLT, MARK RULE, & MELISSA WILLS IN SUPPORT OF PETITIONER
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
 TABLE OF CONTENTS ........................................................................................... i TABLE OF AUTHORITIES .................................................................................. iii CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE ........................................................................ vi
STATEMENT OF ISSUES PRESENTED
 ............................................................ 1
STATEMENT OF THE CASE
 ............................................................................... 2
SUMMARY
 .................................................................................................... 2
LEGAL ARGUMENT
 ............................................................................................. 4
A. The district court erred declaring the effect of Speers’ disqualification would be an immediate vacancy
 ................................................................... 4 1. Standard of Review and Preservation of Issue ...................................... 4 2. Declaring the outcome of an election contest was beyond the  jurisdiction of the court ......................................................................... 5 3. School board election outcomes are not determined under the school  board vacancy statute ............................................................................ 8 4. After an election, a vacancy occurs only when no qualified candidate is legally elected .................................................................................. 12
B. Speers could not be elected to the office of school director for Adams 12 District No. 4
 ................................................................................................. 13 1. Standard of Review and Preservation of Issue .................................... 13 2. The Colorado Constitution allows only “qualified” electors to be elected to office ................................................................................... 13 3. Speers never qualified for the office she sought and never became an eligible candidate ................................................................................. 16
 
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4. Certification to appear on the ballot does not certify that a candidate is qualified ............................................................................................... 20 5. All mail ballots exacerbate ballot errors and create increased need for the Secretary’s Emergency Rule ......................................................... 21 6. Votes for candidates appearing on the ballot are not always counted ................................................................................................... 22
C. Qualified candidates receiving the most votes should be deemed elected
 .. ................................................................................................... 23 1. Standard of Review and Preservation of Issue .................................... 23 2. Votes for qualified candidates are counted and should be given full credit .................................................................................................... 24
D. The district court erred when it ruled the Secretary had no basis for Rule 107.5
 ..................................................................................................... 27 1. Standard of Review and Preservation of Issue………………………27 2. Rule 107.5 is necessary to ensure uniform election results and bar  parties from acting in bad faith ........................................................... 27
CONCLUSION
 ....................................................................................................... 29 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE ................................................................................ 31

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