Two Colorado Democratic lawmakers facing recall elections for their support of the state’s strict new gun control laws failed in separate attempts to block or slow their recall elections Wednesday.

The secretary of state’s office ruled against Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs, who wanted his recall effort invalidated because of a technical error by his opponents.

Deputy secretary of state Suzanne Staiert also rejected a request by Democratic Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo to have her recall challenge shifted to a new venue because she said Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler wouldn’t fairly decide her case.

The twin decisions mean appeals and more legal wrangling over what could be the first state legislative recall elections in Colorado history.