Wisconsin: Time To Re-Think Recall Elections

Wed, Nov 27 2013 — Source: Think Progress

Earlier this month, the Republican-controlled Wisconsin Assembly took the first step toward preventing voters from forcing recall elections against elected officials not accused of any legal or ethical wrongdoing. While this move may appear self-serving — in 2011 and 2012, three Republican State Senators were removed from office and Gov. Scott Walker (R) had to face voters midway through his term — it raises questions about whether the current recall system several states have is beyond repair.” The Wisconsin Assembly has the right idea: mid-term recalls of public officials without cause hurt America’s republican democracy.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 19 states currently allow recall of state officials. Several others allow it also for local officeholders — and most recalls have historically been done at the local level.

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