United States District Court Judge Robert Holmes Bell has made Michigan the ninth state to see a requirement that campaign workers who circulate petitions be residents of the state struck down. In 2008 federal appeals courts struck down residency requirements in Ohio, Arizona and Oklahoma. Residency requirements of some kind have previously been ruled unconstitutional in California, Colorado, Wisconsin, Illinois, and New York.

As initiative proponents collect signatures for next year’s ballot, and the Citizens in Charge Foundation staff continues to dig out from last weekend’s snow storm, petition rights activists around the country are getting ready for the restrictions on the initiative and referendum process that will be proposed in upcoming state legislative sessions.

August 25th Townhall Meeting

Fri, Nov 20 by Anonymous

We asked attendees what they thought about the initiative, referendum and recall process.

Last Sunday the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ran an editorial blatantly attacking the citizens and their powers of local direct initiative and recall. My response, which is copied below to the ridiculous claims of the Journal-Sentinel were published in today’s edition.


Recalls, Direct Legislation Are Vital

Last Saturday tens of thousands of Americans from every part of the country gathered on the National Mall in Washington, DC to protest recent and proposed massve increases in the power of the federal government. Among those who came to Washington to make their voices heard were Democrats, Republicans, independents, Libertarians and folks from all other political stripes.

Common Sense: Rising Recalls

Thu, Aug 13 2009 by Staff

Nearly twice as many efforts to recall public officials are underway this year than last, according to Citizens in Charge Foundation President Paul Jacob. In his daily Common Sense commentary, Paul points out several of the recall efforts from around the country, many of which have been mentioned on this site.

Signatures on petitions to recall the city mayor and one council member are being reviewed by elections officials today in Cap May Court House. Recall supporters are targeting the officials in response recent and proposed tax increases.

Read the story from the Press of Atlantic City

Akron, Ohio mayor Don Plusquellic, who has been in office for over two decades, survived a recall election last month by a wide margin. Recall supporters had accused the mayor of playing fast and loose with the taxpayers’ money, ethics violations, and questionable campaign financing amongst other things.

Residents of Medford Lakes, NJ are pushing ahead with plans to recall the borough mayor. The recall effort comes in response to consideration of a plan to eliminate the local police force. Recall supporters need to collect the signatures of about 750 registered voters to trigger a recall election.

Read the story from the Medford Sun

The Power of Recall

Thu, Jul 9 2009 by Staff

One powerful citizen tool that we don’t talk about as much here on the CICF Blog is the power of recall. Recall allows voters to remove a particularly unresponsive, corrupt, or even unpopular elected official from office before their term is up. Citizens in 18 states have the power to recall state-level officials. Many other local jurisdictions give their voters recall powers as well.

Tombstone residents are circulating petitions for the recall of the city mayor and two councilmen. Allegations include failing to follow open meeting laws and misuse of funds.

Read the story from the Sierra Vista Herald

Akron residents head to the polls today to decide the fate of the city’s mayor. Long time Mayor Don Plusquellic could be out of office as early as July, when the voted will be tabulated. This is the first recall in city history.

Read the story from the Akron Beacon Journal

An effort to recall Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser has stalled because recall proponents do not have funds for legal fees. The group has said it lacks the $10,000 in legal fees needed to court-order a recount of signatures. Petitioners came up just 129 signatures short of the 16,950 needed to trigger a recall election.

Read the story from the Kansas City Star

Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic has filed an absentee ballot for his own recall election. He was joined in voting by several others who oppose the recall, most of them government officials. The election is June 23.

Read the story from the Dayton Daily News

Kansas City Mayor Recall Reaches Goal

Tue, May 26 2009 — Source: KMBC-TV

The organizer of an effort to recall Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser said the group has met its goal of 16,950 signatures to call a vote.

Read the story from KMBC-TV