The Power of Recall

Thu, Jul 9 2009 by Anonymous

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.

Just because we haven’t been blogging about recall doesn’t mean the people haven’t been using it. At any given time there are efforts going on to recall elected officials all over the country. These efforts aim to recall officials from the mayors to school boards all the way up to an ongoing effort to recall the governors of Wisconsin and Michigan. You can follow news about recall efforts at Ballot Box News.