Recall: A New American Revolution
America is awash in near-instant communications technology and 24-7 media. Yet many politicians count on their constituents having short-term memories. These profligate politicians spend tax dollars recklessly and increase the size of government regardless of the public's growing concern over what this unsustainable debt will do the economy and to the next generations. Just before elections, the big-spending incumbents present themselves as budget hawks, with a compliant media fostering amnesia among the plucked taxpayers.
At the beginning of the 20th century, a progressive movement began to use recall to hold office holders more accountable. The impetus at that time was concern over the
political influence of monopolies of industrialists and banks. In our time, government and public employee unions have become major sources of corruption, creating bureaucracies insulated from the people who are paying for it all.
Recall can provide more accountability in between elections and put office holders on notice that they are being watched. Recall is now available to constituents in 18 states. Another 13 states have initiative procedures whereby petitioners could put recall measures on the ballot. RecallTheRogues.org provides each state's relevant laws, plus updated news and commentary on recall efforts around the nation.
Welcome to the new American Revolution.
Latest Recall News
Oregon Official Recalled; Another Optimistic He'll Survive Vote
(08/18/16) — “SALEM -- Residents of the least populous county in Oregon have voted overwhelmingly to recall their top county administrative official, while in an adjacent county a commissioner is optimistic he'll emerge victorious from the recall election he is facing.
A total of 406 ballots were for the recall of Wheeler County Judge Patrick Perry, with 208 against, County Clerk Barb Sitton said Tuesday, August 16. There was a 65 percent return of ballots from eligible voters, she said.
Wheeler County covers 1,715 square miles in Central Oregon and has only 1,358 residents, according to the U.S. Census.
The recall had cited conflicts of interest. Perry had said the recall was "based on unfounded and vague allegations."
Gov. Kate Brown will appoint a replacement for Perry, whose seat would be added to the ballot for the November election, said Molly Woon, communications director for Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins.
To the east in Grant County, Commissioner Boyd Britton said by phone that he is "cautiously optimistic" he'll survive his recall election. Among other things, the petition faults him for not calling for an investigation into the 2015 Canyon Creek Fire, which destroyed 43 homes and nearly 100 barns. U.S. Forest Service firefighters were unable to get the fire under control in its early stages.”
Recall Effort Begins against Louisiana Sheriff
(07/13/16) — “NEW IBERIA, La. -- A petition drive had begun to remove Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal from office.
Donald Broussard of New Iberia told The Daily Iberian that he filed the petition with the Louisiana's Secretary of State's office to force a recall election.
Broussard recently helped organize a rally and voter registration drive against Ackal, who is facing conspiracy and civil rights charges as part of an ongoing federal investigation of the sheriff's office.
Ackal and two other officials have pleaded not guilty in connection with the charges. They are scheduled for trial on Oct. 31.
Broussard says he is confident he will gather the more than 15,000 signatures needed to force the recall election.”
Recall of California Supervisor Will Be on November Ballot
(07/28/16) — “Calaveras County Clerk Recorder Rebecca Turner on July 27 formally ordered that a recall election for District 5 Supervisor Steve Kearney will be placed on the Nov. 8 ballot.
Turner was forced to take the action after the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors on July 12 declined to certify that sufficient signatures had been gathered to call the election.
By state law, the Board of Supervisors had 14 days after the July 12 meeting to issue an order to approve the recall election. No order came, so Turner followed state rules that require her to act as the county registrar of voters and set the recall election.”
Anti-Police Group Wants to Recall Oakland Mayor
(07/13/16) — “OAKLAND, California -- A group of activists walked into the city clerk's office to file a petition to recall Mayor Libby Schaaf on July 11, but quickly discovered they will have to return with 24 more signatures before beginning the process toward a potential recall election.
The Anti-Police Terror Project cited a slew of grievances -- such as the ongoing sexual exploitation scandal in the Oakland Police Department, the displacement of longtime residents and violent crime -- when they announced they intended to circulate a petition to recall the city's mayor. The group plans to return Tuesday with the signatures needed to file a petition.
"The people in the hills are happy, the developers are happy, but the people-people -- the black and brown and the poor people that are the heart and soul of this city -- are sick and tired of being sick and tired," activist Cat Brooks said in an interview with ABC7 News.
The group needs to collect more than 20,000 signatures -- 10 percent of the city's electorate -- to put a recall election on the ballot.
The same group of activists previously demanded for Oakland police to be defunded amid recent scandals.”