Preserve the Right to Recall Elected Officials in Wisconsin

Target: Wisconsin State Senate

Goal: Preserve the right to recall elected officials from office

The Wisconsin State Assembly voted to amend the state’s constitution to make it more difficult for officials to be recalled. The amendment would allow elected officials to be recalled only if they have been charged with a crime or if they have violated the state’s code of ethics. Currently in the constitution no reason is required to seek a recall of an elected official. The amendment was proposed by Republican Representative Robin Vos in response to the many recent recall efforts in Wisconsin. He claims that the recall process should be made more difficult to prevent officials from being unfairly recalled. Last summer six Republican senators and three Democratic senators faced recall elections in Wisconsin. Governor Walker, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, and four Republican senators will likely face recall elections this year. The recall efforts are in response to a bill that was passed in the Republican controlled legislature last year that limited collective bargaining rights for public sector employees. Tens of thousands of people protested the bill in Wisconsin.

Recall elections are a critical aspect to a functioning democracy. Democracy is government by the people. In the United States there is a representative democracy where citizens elect officials to represent them. Once elected it is an official’s duty to represent those that elected them. In many states if the official fails to do so they can be recalled from office through a recall election. Therefore the people have a mechanism to make elected officials more responsive to their will resulting in a more representative democracy. When requirements are added to initiate the recall of an elected official it makes it nearly impossible for an official to be recalled, thus defeating the purpose of the recall system.

By signing the petition below you will help urge the Wisconsin State Senator to protect the right to recall elected officials by voting against an amendment to the constitution that would make it more difficult for recalls to occur.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Wisconsin State Senators,

A bill has recently been proposed that would severely limit the ability of voters to recall elected officials. The bill would add an amendment to the constitution that would require an official to be charged with either committing a crime or of violating state ethics laws before they could be recalled. If successful the amendment would severely limit the right of voters to recall elected officials they believe no longer represent their interests.

A functioning democracy needs to be responsive to the people it represents and the recall system is one mechanism that allows that to be possible. Making it more difficult to recall elected officials effectively eliminates the opportunity for voters to remove an elected official from office whom they do not believe represents them. Eighteen states currently allow recalls of elected official and only seven of them limit the reason for the recall to occur. Of the 32 attempts to recall an elected official only one has been in a state that requires a reason linked to misconduct.

I urge you to preserve the right of the people to recall elected officials by voting against the amendment that would make it more difficult for recalls to occur.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. tina tine' says:

    we need to get the criminals out of office. people need the right to do this.

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