Should State Governments Have Recall Elections?

California recently held a recall election for its governor, Gavin Newsom. This is a special type of election under which citizens can vote to remove an elected public official before his/her term has ended. While Governor Newsom was not removed from office, the use of the recall election has led to debates over its efficacy.

Those who argue in favor of state governments having recall elections contend that they are an essential part of a healthy democracy. They claim that they are a way for voters to remove an official who has proven themselves to be inadequate. This side tends to argue that a representative’s first priority is following the will of his or her constituents.

Those who oppose state governments having recall elections contend that they are a violation of a core feature of representative government. They tend to argue that stability is an important characteristic in representative government, and that giving voters the ability to recall duly elected officials can cause a minority party to disrupt the system by frequently calling for recalls. They also may argue that a representative’s first priority should be to carry out what is best for the common good, and not be so subject to popular whims that may frequently change.

So, what do you think? Should State Governments Have Recall Elections? Students can answer Yes, they should; No, they should not; or a nuanced answer in-between!

Note: Ideal Think the Vote responses include the following:

-Address the question asked in a thoughtful and meaningful manner

-Use cited facts and constitutional arguments when appropriate to support their answers

-Are expressed in cohesive sentences and are free of distracting spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors

-They address counter-arguments and opposing concerns in a respectful manner

-They organize their answer in a manner that flows logically and reads clearly

Current Standings:
Yes: 83%
No: 17%
  • Will from Virginia

    Should recall elections be allowed? In my opinion, recall elections offer a safeguard against corruption and the continuation of an inadequately elected official. The recent events in California with the recall governor Newsom prove just how effective these can be. Although Newsom was elected to stay in office, the opportunity of an early re-election was what made the election important. A normal term in office is 4 years. Someone can change a lot over 4 years, for better or worse. For example, a governor could have a mental decline, physical inability or many other things and would need to be re-elected. This is why the ability to recall is important. For how can you ensure that the official can represent the people well for 4 entire years. You can’t, therefore, there must remain a way to have an early re-election.

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  • Lillian from Virginia

    I believe that states should have the ability to hold recall elections. One of the greatest ideals of a Democracy is limited power, if the governor of a certain state proves to be unfit for office, the people have a right to oppose him. Just like a president can be impeached, a governor should have the ability to be removed from their holding office. A recall election was materialized against Governor Newson because of concerns for the well-being of California’s citizens. Since his start in office, tax rates have increased astronomically, there has been the highest homelessness rate in history, and the lowest quality of life in the state. The last straw for the citizens was his hypocrisy surrounding COVID-19 mandates, and his inability to follow his own mandates. More than 1.6 million citizens signed the recall petition to remove Newson. Without this ability, the citizens of California could not voice their concerns for their well-being and would be faced with a full term of silence and suffering. The main pillar of the US Government is power in the people’s hands, if the people don’t have power over their state government, it crosses the line into being unconstitutional. 

    Works Cited

    https://abc7.com/governor-newsom-recall-update-gavin-california-election-why-is-being-recalled/10559972/

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  • Brady from Minnesota

    States should continue to have recall election whenever they are deemed necessary. This process keeps our democracy running properly and allows the people to have more of a say in government.

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  • dakota from North Carolina

    Dakota Sorie
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    States should have recall elections because they are important for the country and important for democracy. A state recall election is when a governor has not fully followed through or not followed the rules of the people who have elected him and people come together to vote him out. Recall elections are not unfair, but just the opposite because it is a fair way of removing a public official for a probable cause of not following the will of his or her constituents. There haven’t been many recalled elections overturned in the past, the Governor of California, Gavion Newsom just almost experienced a boot out of office like one of his predecessors.
    In 2003, Governor Gray Davis of California was criticised over the way he was handling an electricity crisis across the state. “…For the first time in California history voters had given the boot to a governor before his term had expired.” (Wilson) The people voters of California were very angry with Davis and so he was kicked out of office as a result of his recall election. This was an effective strategy because a change had to be made for these blackouts could’ve gone on for a long period of time. A recall election does not mean that the certain person that is being recalled will be kicked out of office. However the governor of California ,Gavin Newsom, was called to a recall election for his strict policies of the pandemic handlings. He ultimately won his recall election as most of the California voters thought his stances on the pandemic were beneficial to the state.

    Works Cited:
    Bradner, Eric, and Dan Merica. “5 Takeaways after Gov. Gavin Newsom Prevails in California Recall.” CNN, Cable News Network, 16, Sept. 2021,
    https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/15/politics/california-recall-election-takeaways/index.html

    Reid Wilson, ‘If this thing qualifies, I’m toast’: An oral history of the Gray Davis recall in California, The Hill, 2, June, 2021,

    https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/556014-if-this-thing-qualifies-im-toast-an-oral-history-of-the-gray-davis-recall

    Ronayne, Kathleen. “California Gov. Gavin Newsom Beats Back Gop-Led Recall.” AP NEWS, Associated Press, 15 Sept. 2021,
    https://apnews.com/article/california-recall-results-gavin-newsom-a590782877be099d44f1766b2d138394

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  • Jayden from Connecticut

    The notion of Recall elections are something that in my opinion is apart of a healthy democracy to allow it to continue to grow and prosper further and advance the country. Originally recall elections were used as a way to keep those who were elected on the path of helping the people and not that of their parties therefore minimizing the effect of a political party on that of a elected officials and their plans to run their parts in American society. Recall had been previously used in favor of the anti-federalist when it was first instated (HNN) as the Federalists did not believe in senators being banded to their states. This idea of not binding elected officials effected the United states even today where those states who used recall did not want the power of their representatives to be unchecked (HNN). Keeping elected officials in the right path through things such as recall are one of the beneficial factors to our society however where there are positives to recall there are also negatives. A negative of recalls are the way that they can influence an already working government with the consistent calls of recalls. Now although consistently calling a recall can have negative connotations to a working government the consistent calls of recall elections also prove that there Is something wrong with what was chosen, and it needs to be fixed to take in all the wants and needs of the people. Another argument for the opposition of recalls is the representatives jobs which some may argue needs to be in favor of the majority and not the minority, which is a valid argument however, if the views of the minority are simply overlooked the base majority of recall elections would simply not be existent as in order to have a recall and a smooth-running government there must be a begging there must be a minority. These counters to recall elections are valid points however a final point on how recall elections are something that are valuable to the nation is In California when the governor had a major money advantage over his opponents and vouchers from previous presidents giving him the upper hand in running in his election (CNBC). Here in the situation with the governor recall elections are something tha prove to be useful as he used his advantages to win the majority over someone who could have been more qualified therefore in this instance the use of recall elections is something that is needed.

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  • Ira from Tennessee

    We must have techniques in our democracy that allow us to remove those that do not represent us accurately. While the process may seem disruptive, the democratic process itself is disruptive. In all efforts to be fair and just, the people must have the chance to remove an elected official who has proven themselves unsatisfactory. In the long term, recall elections mean more elected officials can’t hold onto their position till the end of their term regardless of their misconduct. To be an elected official is a privilege, and when one disrespects and does not pay heed to their duties, citizens deserve the right to take away that privilege.

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  • Ricardo from New York

    In the United States, state governments should be able to recall elections because it is a part of the democratic system that the U.S is admired for. American democracy has been something that many nations across the world have looked up to. Is there a limit to this democracy? Specifically, should elections be recalled by State governments? In order to maintain a healthy democracy, state governments should be able to have recall elections. Many times in history, elected officials have deceived voters with false claims, with recall elections these officials can be eliminated from being government officials. This gives the U.S the sense of democracy it is known for. Recalls are used to prevent corruption and to be aware of the representatives of each state. This is needed because senators are in office for 6 years, they need to be checked up on because “ senators are rendered totally and absolutely independent of their states, of whom they ought to be the representatives, without any bond or tie between them”( Spivack 6). Since representatives and government officials have such freedoms and independence, recall elections to check their power and to prevent corruption.

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  • Colin from New York

    It is the individual’s rights to see flaws in the leader’s governance and vote due to the fact their ability does not meet the regard which they held during the election. The governor should not be immune because the position they are in. If they lead poorly and those who voted for them agree there should be a recall. I don’t know about having a complete party shift rather there should be a vote within the already established chain of command. If there was a complete party shift, there will be a standstill in governance due to the transition of administration and logistics. The problem that happens is when one recall happens and there is a transition in parties it could be used as a political ploy that happens after every election.

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  • Dorsey from North Carolina

    Recall elections have been happening for many years now in the United States, dating back as far as 1631 in the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The elections gained a “firm footing in American politics with the democratic ideals that burst forth from the American Revolution” (Spivak). After declaring independence from Britain 11 out of the 13 colonies wrote new constitutions, many containing the same democracy which focused on the power of the legislature rather than the executive. Although it took until the early twentieth century for the recalls to be seen as a political option, the topic of the controversy remained the same. It had changed to being state level, giving the people the power of the recall election.
    After reading these articles to help form my opinion, I believe that having recall elections are necessary. Sometimes an official may have changed the way that they support the people that voted for them and therefore a recall is necessary. Recall elections are to help the people to help stop the politician from being influenced by political parties. This practice has mainly been used on more of a local level which includes removing judges and mayors and evn state governors too. For me, it is important that the people’s word is what an elected official is supporting. If the official chooses to not stand behind the voters then it is time for a recall.
    Recall elections show a sign of a healthy democracy. Taking away the states right to have recall elections would be like taking away the right to impeach the president. Even after electing state officials, they should not be reprimanded for the wrongdoing of their officials. If the governor of a state was doing a poor job, the citizens he is representing should have a right to vote him out of office. The recall taking place in California can be taken as an example. Over 1.5 million people in California signed a petition to have a recall election. This happened due to state-issued health orders while their governor, Gavin Newsom, was seen maskless at a dinner event during the height of the COVID-19 spread. Voting happened all throughout summer, just recently going in Newsom’s favor.

    Sources:
    Spivak, Joshua. “What Is the History of Recall Elections?” History News Network, https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/1660.

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  • Keller from North Carolina

    Recall elections are a staple of what the United States stands for and states must be given the ability to get rid of leaders who do not have the ability to serve the public well, even if they won an election fairly. Recall elections are critical to the US as a ton can happen if a leader feels they have complete control.
    Without the possibility of a recall election, it would be much easier for a state official to use their power to do wrong. The shortest governor term is two years while most are 4 and plenty do not have term limits, this allows a politician to weasel his way into office and then start his dirty work and have at least two years in office. Without recall elections, a governor would have little restriction. The most drastic event that could come from the loss of recall elections would be a state turning into an independent nation with a dictator for a leader. This may sound like an enormous exaggeration, but if a leader feels no threats to their power, they will continue to abuse it. In a quote from an article about how Dictators rise in democracies, Forbes opinion writer Jim Powell states about Adolf Hitler, “He proceeded to consolidate unlimited power before anybody realized what was happening. We should understand that Hitler didn’t take over a small government with an effective separation of enumerated, delegated and limited powers. He took over a large welfare state.” It can be seen here what can happen when a leader feels obligated to power, and what the US does not want to see is one of their state leaders turning into a modern-day Hitler just because they feel they cannot be stripped of their position.
    Another problem with not having recall elections is that in the US the federal and state governments have similar entities and regulations, included in this should be the ejection of office. Ever since article two, section four of the constitution was written the US House of Representatives have had the power to kick an official from office through what has come to be known as impeachment. As the full impeachment process has never ended in a president being removed from office it may seem pointless, so why would the states need a similar process? The states need this process as it gives the people power to keep the state government checks and balances. In Brittanica’s article explaining recalls they state that recall ”was originally designed to ensure that elected officials would act in the interests of their constituencies rather than in the interests of their political parties or according to their own consciences.” Recalls must be kept in place to keep order.
    A recall election may sound like an unnecessary and dramatic strategy for election losers to get their way, but it truly keeps leaders honest to their entire state and not just their party. It also stands behind US foundations of democracy. While the US may be a representative democracy it will always and should be a country delegated for the people, by the people.

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  • Amelia from North Carolina

    State governments should have recall elections because it limits abuses of power in governments and ensures the people that their voices are heard. Recall elections have lasted since 1631 in Massuchates Bay (Spivak, Joshua) and have grown more controversial over time especially in state governments. Some say state recall elections are unnecessary due to the fact recall elections have not removed a significant amount of officials. Others state that recall elections cause less stability in state governments causing avoidable stressors to take place in the government. These negative outlooks on recall elections make these elections less common and less accepted in states. Today only 19 states allow recall elections due to the controversy of effectiveness. Though recall elections are a controversial topic they are still needed in state governments.
    Recall elections make sure there are limited abuses of power in government in governments. The people coming together to decide whether a person should be removed from the government is not only necessary but declared in the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence states that the people have an obligation to take out officials in government who violate their rights, it also states that officials who have abused their power in government can be overthrown by the people. When a number of people come together to sign a petition that shows they believe a government official is not protecting their rights it indicates that the people’s voices are heard and that the people are taking on the responsibility of making sure their fellow citizens best interest is being taken care of in state government.
    State government recall election is necessary because it gives a clear representation on what problems the people feel are occurring in the government and gives state officials another opportunity to do better by the people. The argument recall elections are not effective is undoubtedly a false statement. When the people come together and vote it shows an indication to the government that there is a conflict and strain of trust between the people and the government. A recall election shows the government how a majority of their citizens feel about the protection of their rights and gives the official a chance to solve these problems if they are not voted out of office. This was shown in the recall election of Governor Gavin Newsom of California where citizens disagreed with his COVID-19 mandatories and measures. An estimated 3.3 million people voted to remove Newsom from office-(Annika Kim Constantino). Even though the recall election did not take Newsom governmental title it allowed Calfornia’s state government to see the controversies that were going on in the state and how many people felt that the government was not handling COVID-19 properly.
    State recall elections are important to society because they show the opinions of citizens and they help limit abusive powers in governments.

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  • Polina from North Carolina

    I believe that recall elections are necessary in order for a society to function at the highest level. In the event that an elected official fails to complete his/her obligations and duties this is the only measure that will suffice. Recall elections are based solely on citizens’ views about the elected official. A citizen can petition to have a recall election, and once the petition reaches a set number of signatures, a recall election will be held.
    Recall elections are beneficial for the people because, for specific reasons, elected officials could fail to lower the unemployment rate, increase taxes, impose regulations, or have a negative impact on the education system. All of these factors contribute to lower economic prosperity. Just recently in California, Governor Newsom obtained seven recall petitions. Data states that the unemployment rate is increasing, one article says, “California’s standard unemployment benefits range from $40-450 a week, which tend to cover around 45% of earnings prior to losing a job and can be eaten up quickly by housing and other necessities” (Hepler). Having this rise in unemployment earnings does not help in the grand scheme of the economy. Another reason why citizens are concerned is that Newsom promised to decrease the cost of healthcare, but what happened was the opposite. In the same article it states, “ And last year alone, manufacturers reported price increases of more than 16% on more than 1,200 prescription drugs to state regulators” (Christopher). Because of these factors and many more such as education, environmental and homecare aspects that he failed to accomplish he was recalled for an election before the end of his term. This would make sense considering he seemed to be incompetent in fulfilling his duties and also disingenuous by imposing mask mandates that he himself didn’t follow.
    Having no recall elections would prohibit our society from having any chance to dig ourselves out of a hole the elected official started. This measure gives us our freedom to make a democratic decision where every vote counts. It gives us the possibility to get governors out of office who are corrupt, fail to lower taxes, increase the cost of childcare and/or health care and/or go into debt. This process allows the voters to have the ability to take action if and when the person they voted for does not live up to their promises. Therefore, recall elections should always be available to the state government so that the citizens can help get their society back on track by recalling and removing an elected official who is not getting their job done.

    Christopher , Ben, and Sameea Kamal. Gavin Newsom Report Card: What He Has Done, and What He Hasn’t, 21 July 2021, https://calmatters.org/explainers/newsom-recall-report-card/.
    Hepler, Lauren. “California’s Unemployment Crisis, Explained.” CalMatters, 24 Feb. 2021, https://calmatters.org/explainers/california-edd-unemployment-crisis-explained/.

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  • Anna from North Carolina

    With the recent California recall coming to an end, the question has risen of should state governments be allowed to have recall elections? State governments should give the people the option of a recall election. A recall election is a “power reserved to the voters that allows the voters, by petition, to demand the removal of an elected official.” (City of Phoenix) Having recall elections available to the people allows them to have some control over how their government officials act. Without the threat of a recall election, officials wouldn’t have anything holding them to be a representative for their people and would be able to advocate for whatever they wish, even if it’s not the majority vote. People that oppose the recall elections may say that having the elections available would cause the minority to call for a reelection every time an official does something they don’t like. However, of the 19 states that allow recalls, all 19 have guidelines as to why an official can have a recall (Underhill). Furthermore, the opposition may make the argument that recall elections create a disturbance among the state government, however, more often than not the official holding office will stay in office as the majority think they’re doing their job well. Recall elections date back all the way to the Articles of Confederation where recall elections were mentioned. The recall elections were a major point for the anti-Federalists as the Constitution was being written, however, Federalists voted to strike it from the plan because they felt that it would be “tightly binding state senators to their states” (Spivak). Overall, recall elections allow the people to hold their government officials to continue listening to the majority of the people’s opinions rather than advocating for what they personally believe in, maintaining the democracy at the state level.

    Cites:
    Underhill, W. (n.d.). Recall of State Elections. Recall of state officials. Retrieved September 27, 2021, from https://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/recall-of-state-officials.aspx.
    Spivak, Joshua. “What Is the History of Recall Elections?” History News Network, historynewsnetwork.org/article/1660.
    “​​Initiativ​e, Referendum and Recall Information ​.” City of Phoenix, http://www.phoenix.gov/cityclerk/services/initiative-referendum-and-recall.

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  • Brielle from North Carolina

    America has been built on the values and fundamentals of democracy, where the power is given to the people to elect or unelect an official of their choice. Recall elections have helped us to preserve this democracy at a state level. If a state’s governor has deemed to be unfit or unfair in making state decisions in their time in office, they should not have the security to be able to stay in office. Citizens should have the right to remove them and hope for a governor who will better represent and lead them. This is why I believe in recall elections because they are a direct symbol of democracy.

    So far, nineteen states allow recall elections. In California, Governor Newsome recently survived a recall election where around 64% of the citizens voted to keep him in office and 36% voted for his removal (NCSL). This is because the citizen’s in California thought that he was a bad reflection on the state, therefore calling for a recall. Recall elections allow citizens to have a voice and express their feelings and opinions about their government officials. It allows the people to exercise their rights and remind the government that they are working cohesively with the citizens to ensure their well being, their states well being, and the country’s well being. It also reminds the government that elected officials should be put in office to serve their state and the citizens in it, not the government. “This view maintains that an elected representative is an agent or a servant of their constituents, not their master” (NCSL). If the government officials appointed are not representing or leading the state in a just way, citizens should have the right to demand for a change. Recalls could also help improve the perception and trust in electoral representation. “The recall is often presented as an instrument of direct democracy, it does not question the principle of representation. And it does not question electoral legitimacy.” (frontiersin.org)

    Underhill, Wendy. Recall of State Officials, https://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/recall-of-state-officials.aspx.
    Vandamme, Pierre-Etienne. “Can the Recall Improve Electoral Representation?” Frontiers, Frontiers, 1 Jan. 1AD, https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpos.2020.00006/full.

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  • Daniel from North Carolina

    In the United States, the American value of democracy is one of the defining characteristics of all levels of government. Without it, citizens would not be able to enjoy many of the freedoms they have today, such as the ability to vote and determine who leads their government. Recent developments in a potential recall election, or voting out a current leader in the government, in California are a key example of this political freedom. However, the use of recall elections may just enhance this concept of political freedom in state governments in vital ways.
    Recall elections, or voting out a leading politician from their respective office, is key to promoting the idea of free speech and the right to vote. For instance, such as with the recent California recall, nearly one and a half million voters signed a petition against Governor Newsom, citing increasing frustration over the extensive COVID-19 pandemic protocols (Constantino, 2021). While the following vote did fail to remove Newsom from office, it enabled many to voice their concerns and show the power of each voter that has the ability to take part in the ballot. Had the recall election been prohibited, these concerns would have never been brought forth by the general public, and thus many voices would have been silenced as a result of this.
    Furthermore, recall elections have been able to promote reduced amounts of misconduct and increase government transparency through this freedom of speech. As many supporters state, recalls have been able to work “against individuals who monopolised power and concentrated political credit by undemocratic means” (Malkopoulou, 2015). This positive change through the increased power given to voters was seen in the successful recall of President Traian Basescu of Romania (Vandamme, 2020). Basescu was impeached due to several charges of political misconduct leading up to the recall and was later suspended from his position (Ciobanu, 2012). Thus, the recall enabled citizens to limit the amount of corruption seen within their own government and to promote more democracy as a result.
    Recalls have been pushed back into the political debate spotlight due to recent events in the state of California. Although the practice has received much criticism, one can clearly see the benefits that they provide to the maintenance of good governance. Recalls enable voters to voice their opinions and concerns without fear of being silenced, which in turn can contribute to worthwhile increases in democracy and promote limitations on government corruption. Thus, recalls should be allowed in state governments.

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  • Hannah from North Carolina

    I believe that state governments should hold recall elections but only within reason. If the people of the nation believe that state officials have truly done something wrong, and they have real evidence to support their claims, then yes a recall election should occur. However, just because you disagree with the viewpoints of the public official, without concrete evidence, an insist on a recount just isn’t logical. If someone were to profess their dislike towards a state official and decides to make claims that are untrue and not supported by concrete evidence then this should not be a justifiable reason for a recall.
    One reason recall elections should be held is because opinions may change after an elected official has made an unruly mistake. If the majority of the people believe they have valid reasoning as to why what occurred was wrong, then they should have the ability to vote the accused out of office. The people are a big part of our democratic government and if their voices are not heard and accounted for then that lessens their importance in our society. An article by AP News states, “Currently, only these 19 states allow recall elections of statewide elected officials, but other states have recently considered establishing recall procedures. Between 2015 and 2019, legislatures in several states considered bills that would allow for recall elections of state and local officials. (Blood, 2021)”.
    Popular sovereignty is another reason recall elections should be held. This idea was greatly put forth by the Declaration of Independence that states, “…whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. (The Declaration of Independence)”. This comes from the foundation of our government, and the underlying principles that the people have the right to overthrow the government if they see it becoming destructive. Recall elections are one way to continue this tradition in our nation.
    When relating to the recent recall election involving Governor Newsom’s controversial policies on Covid-19, voices came forward about the restrictions and advocated for a recall. The majority of the voters in California believed that Newsom policies were beneficial towards the state and public. For this reason, despite the recall, he stayed in office. Underhill from NCSl says, “California is one of 20 states that have provisions to recall a sitting governor. The state law establishing the rules goes back to 1911 and was intended to place more power directly in the hands of voters by allowing them to remove elected officials and repeal or pass laws by placing them on the ballot. (Underhill, 2020)”. The recall allowed for voices to be heard and addressed, but in the end, the public sided to stay with Newsom. Without recall elections, these concerns may never have been brought forth.

    Works Cited
    Blood, Michael R. “EXPLAINER: How California Could Recall Its Governor.” AP NEWS, Associated Press, 19 July 2021, https://apnews.com/article/entertainment-business-health-government-and-politics-california-626f59c5a5ad5b008e10cf6994060993.
    “The Declaration of Independence .” U.S. Constitution, https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/content/constitutions/Declaration.htm.
    Underhill, Wendy. “Recall of State Officials.” Recall of State Officials, https://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/recall-of-state-officials.aspx.

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  • Emmy from North Carolina

    State governments should have recall elections as they can lead to a more successful government and play a key role in limiting power of government officials by allowing the people to take the power from them if they see it as a necessity.

    As government officials are elected to office, there is no guarantee of how they will work with others, how they will benefit their state or even America, or even how hard they will work for the success of their people. A political scientist wrote “In democracy it is generally seen that the ministers become corrupt and they favour their relatives and friends. Through the system of recall, they will be under the control of the people.” For the government to be successful, it may take more than one attempt at putting a person in an elected position for everything to begin to flow smoothly and effectively. Recall elections are necessary for controlling those in authority by making sure they are doing what is right for the people. “when elected officials subvert the will of those they represent, enacting a radical agenda that seeks to concentrate power in the hands of the very few and jeopardizing the livelihoods of the people they are supposed to protect, the exercise of the constitutionally guaranteed right to force a recall election is a just and proper tool to hold those elected officials accountable for their actions.” Without recall elections, representatives would exercise their powers in a negative manner and most likely would end up disrupting the lives of their people.

    Being able to take away power from government officials can become very important to the body of the people if said officials begin to abuse their power and use it in ways to do less than benefit their people. “Supporters of the recall process believe it provides a way for citizens to exercise control over elected officials who fail to represent their constituents’ best interests, or who are unresponsive or incompetent. This view maintains that an elected representative is an agent or a servant of their constituents, not their master.” By allowing recall elections, governments are less likely to become corrupt due to too much power held by an official. Recall elections also give voters a voice of their opinions about who they want leading them and who they think will do the best job for the body of the people. The idea of recall elections being a key role in limiting power of government officials is supported here as the quote expands this idea by describing how people may feel about an unsuccessful official. This connects to the first claim by providing foreshadowing as to what could happen with an unsuccessful official in power.

    In conclusion, recall elections are important if we want to keep the government running as successfully as possible and include the voices of the people while limiting the amount of power of government officials.

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  • Owen from North Carolina

    I believe that Recall elections allow for democracy to be used to its fullest potential and allow for People of this country to reap all the benefits our freedoms and policies allow us to have. John Locke, a very influential man who influenced many revolutions such as the American Revolution and created philosophies that would later be used in the first amendment, stated how the people create a government to serve them and if it fails to do so, then the people can have a revolution against it and elect new officials. This Idea sound very very similar to what a recall election
    Recall elections go far back into history but the most notable and relatable time it was debated was in 1787 when the new Articles of Confederation were in the process of being ratified. The American Revolution was at its peak and the colonies were trying to get rid of unjust rule from an unjust body of government. This proves that Recall elections are at the heart of what makes America, America. Luther Martin believed that if recall elections were voted against then the idea of the Revolution against Britain would be going against exactly what the states voted for. Other’s like Alexander Hamilton believed that Recall Votes would lessen the elected Officials. He stated that “the recall will render the senator a slave to all the capricious humors among the people.” This statement brings up a good argument about how elected officials would never feel fully like themselves and have to live in fear of the people who elected them. Hamilton also states how elected officials would be scared to make a hard decision for their people because they would be scared of the backlash they might get. This makes complete sense but if a government official is doing what the people elected them to do and if the official is 100% what they showed in their campaign then this shouldnt be a problem
    The bad thing about this situation is that not everyone is 100% authentic and means everything they say and a lot of politicians will tell you this.Recently in California there was a petition for Gavin Newsom (The governor of California) to be held up for a recall election. Almost 1.5 million people signed a petition to have a recall vote after Newsom went against one of his own policies that he demanded everyone in California do. This was to wear a mask inside at all times, but he was seen at a dinner party maskless. This enraged people as temperse were already high throughout the pandemic. Even though this is a small offense, it is still a great practice to question leaders and officials in a correct way, if the population doesn’t feel treated equally which the people of California clearly didn’t believe they were.
    In all, I see Recall Elections being a good practice that our democracy was built upon and is a great way to keep government officials in a checks and balances system so no one party can be too strong and belittle the other.

    Spivak, Joshua. “What Is the History of Recall Elections?” History News Network, https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/1660.

    Constantino, Annika Kim. “Democrat Gavin Newsom Easily Survives California RECALL, Will Remain Governor.” CNBC, CNBC, 15 Sept. 2021, https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/15/california-recall-election-results.html.

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  • Jackson from North Carolina

    Recall elections are important because they give citizens the ability to remove an elected official from office. This can be done at any level of government, with most recalls taking place at the school board and city council level (Zacks). In the 19 states that do allow recall elections, only 4 recall elections have happened in the past 100 years to try and recall a governor (Underhill). Recall elections are necessary to make sure elected officials do their job correctly and can be held accountable for bad decisions, resulting in their removal from office by the population.
    Recall elections are important to make sure that elected officials are doing their job correctly and to the best of their ability. In the case of the recall election of 2003 to recall California state governor Grey Davis, the former governor was removed from office due to his poor handling of the state’s electricity industry (Ballotpedia). If there was no such thing as recall elections, there would be nothing for the citizens of California to do in response to the rolling blackouts affecting their state other than to wait for an impeachment of their governor. (Whalen)
    In response to the counterargument that recall elections can cause instability in representative government, due to minority parties attempting to disrupt the political system. To hold a recall election, a petition must gather enough signatures in a specific period of time (Underhill). This might sound as though it can result in many recall elections, but in the past recall elections remain uncommon. “Recall attempts against legislators have gathered enough signatures to trigger an election just 39 times,” (Underhill). With the amount of times that recall elections have occurred, it is important to realise that they are not misused by minority parties to cause instability in government, but used by citizens who want change.
    The most recent recall election held in the state of California was the recall election of state governor Gavin Newsom. Although Governor Newsom stayed in his elected position, it still shows us why recall elections are important. “The 1.5 million Californians who signed the petition for Newsoms recall were frustrated with state-issued health orders” (Constantino). Recall elections are a key part of Democracy at its core, allowing citizens to remove an elected official from office if the majority is willing. Although Newsom survived the recall election, it is important that the public has the ability to remove an elected official from office if they are not doing the public’s will.

    Works Cited
    Constantino, Annika Kim. “Democrat Gavin Newsom Easily Survives California RECALL, Will Remain Governor.” CNBC, CNBC News, 15 Sept. 2021, https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/15/california-recall-election-results.html.
    “Gray Davis Recall, Governor of CALIFORNIA (2003).” Ballotpedia, https://ballotpedia.org/Gray_Davis_recall,_Governor_of_California_(2003).
    Karlamangla, Soumya. “Why Does California Have Recall Elections?” The New York Times, The New York Times, 13 Sept. 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/13/us/recall-elections-california-history.html.
    Spivak, Joshua. “What Is the History of Recall Elections?” History News Network, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, 2003, https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/1660.
    Underhill, Wendy. “Recall of State Officials.” NCSL, National Conference of State Legislatures, 15 Sept. 2021, https://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/recall-of-state-officials.aspx.
    Whalen, Bill. “A Newsom RECALL? Let’s First Recall How It Happened to Gray Davis.” Hoover Institution, Hoover Institution , 27 June 2019, https://www.hoover.org/research/newsom-recall-lets-first-recall-how-it-happened-gray-davis.
    Zacks, Amy. “Recalling Governors: An Overview.” Eagleton Center on the American Governor, Rutgers University, 15 Sept. 2021, https://governors.rutgers.edu/recalling-governors-an-overview/.

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  • Kaila from North Carolina

    State governments should have recall elections. This is because these elections grant people an opportunity to have a voice and continue to act in democratic ways (City of Phoenix). For example, a governor that isn’t meeting the needs of their people shouldn’t be in that particular office. If this were to happen, the people should be able to have a say as to whether the governor should remain in office or not. In fact, the social contract mentions this. It says that it is not only a right, but a duty to get rid of elected officials who aren’t satisfactory (Britannica).
    The thought of a recall election might turn some people away due to the thought of them being a violation to the core feature of a representative government (Think The Vote). However, while voting for an official that places them in office supports a representative government, so does being able to vote for an official to be removed from office. People not having a chance to get rid of an unsatisfactory official would resemble too closely to having a tyrant.
    While replacing an official is the goal of a recall, there have been cases where the official doesn’t get removed because they have won. Gavin Newsom was recently put on the recall ballot but because a majority of the people wanted him in office, he easily won the vote and wasn’t removed (CNBC). This shows that while some people wanted Newsom out of office, a majority didn’t, and they were able to voice this. Had they not been able to act on their rights, then I would consider that a violation of representative government.

    “Social Contract.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., https://www.britannica.com/topic/social-contract.
    “​​Initiativ​e, Referendum and Recall Information ​.” City of Phoenix, https://www.phoenix.gov/cityclerk/services/initiative-referendum-and-recall.

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  • Maddie from North Carolina

    Recall elections maintain a strong, healthy democracy. A recall election is a process that allows voters to remove an elected official before the regularly scheduled election at the end of their term. State Governments should have recall elections.
    Recall elections would get rid of an elected official who is not doing their job constitutionally or correctly. Frontiers claims that “the recall provides for continuous accountability, so that voters need not wait until the next election to rid themselves of an incompetent, dishonest, unresponsive, or irresponsible public official.” This quote supports that recall elections could get rid of a poor elected official. If an elected official was not upholding their promises to the citizens, the citizens may want to vote them out of office. With a recall election, they would be able to have the chance, seeing as a recall does not automatically remove someone from office.
    The nature of democracy is that elected officials are accountable to the people, and they must return to the voters at prescribed intervals to seek their mandate to continue in office. Mike Tate says “Recall elections send a direct message to elected officials—that they will be held responsible for the promises they make to the people they represent, and if they fail to keep those promises, they risk drawing the ire of the electorate. Recall is undoubtedly a powerful tool, but it does not weaken democracy. If anything, it enhances it.” Those in office who nourish their state make a strong democracy. Having a recall election to potentially have someone in office who will cherish their state would only make the democracy stronger. Recall elections also keep all elected officials in check, making sure they keep their spot.
    Recall elections would help make a stronger democracy and make the state flourish. If the people aren’t happy and the elected official is not fulfilling their promises, the people should be able to elect someone else. Without the people, there is no government.

    CITATIONS
    Vandamme, Pierre-Etienne. “Can the Recall Improve Electoral Representation?” Frontiers, Frontiers, 1 Jan. 1AD, https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpos.2020.00006/full.
    On Reconciling Recall with Representation | Request Pdf. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/339535408_On_Reconciling_Recall_with_Representation.
    https://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2011/05/10/recall-elections-enhance-democracy

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  • Reagan from North Carolina

    States and their citizens should possess the power to recall their elected officials. Especially if these officials prove to be insufficient in meeting the needs of the people. With the recent recall election for California governor, Gavin Newsom, this conversation has increased in discussion and has become more relevant than ever. Democracy is founded on the idea of power being in the people and having representation in political matters. It is one of the many things this country was built on. Recall elections give power to the people and keep their elected representatives accountable for representing the will of the public.
    Recall elections are an essential part of a healthy democracy, by letting the people have the power in ensuring that they are being properly represented on the house floor. I believe that it gives the power back to the voter and ensures that their interests are being displayed correctly. Recall elections can help control elected representatives and, “it provides a way for citizens to exercise control over elected officials who fail to represent their constituents’ best interests, or who are unresponsive or incompetent.” (Underhill) Through signatures and petitions, the public has the opportunity to revoke an insufficient or corrupted official, who is unable to meet their needs. The process of a recall election all boils down to the people being willing to join together in order to remove an official. It demonstrates the power of democracy and people uniting together to have their voices heard.
    They also give power to the people by ensuring that their elected representatives aim to serve them, rather than aiming to achieve their own political gain or interest. A representative’s top priority should be to serve the will of the people that they were elected by. A recall election causes the representative to be more in touch with the will of their people. Without the possibility of having their position stripped from them, a political figure may try to act in their own best interests and vote in favor of matters that may only benefit them or their beliefs. John Lansing, who was an adversary to the new Constitution, argued that without a recall election, “they (the Senators) will lose their respect for the power from whom they receive their existence, and consequently disregard the great object for which they are instituted.” (Spivak) A representative is meant to be a servant for the public, they are not meant to be their ruler. They are elected due to the promises they made during their campaign trail. It is what got their vote from the public. It is important that they keep up with their promises of causing change or instituting new ideas.
    Recall elections may seem as a waste of time and money to some people. However, they do play an important role in maintaining the public being represented fairly. They ensure that people’s voices are heard, and their representative’s work is aimed to serve the public’s interest.

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  • Campbell from North Carolina

    State governments should be able to hold recall elections, however, they should not be as accessible to hold. During a governor’s 4 year term the voters can vote to remove the standing elected official. These recall elections can take place in 39 of 50 states with only 12 of them needing a stated reason for the recall.(Democracy Docket)
    Recall elections should be able to take place in all 50 states. This is because government officials are not perfect, they can make mistakes whether by accident or intentional. Beginning in 1913 Los Angeles was the first city to host a recall election. (NCSL) Since then many other states have started to allow recall elections to take place. If a governor or state legislature fails to represent the people of their designated state or area they should be subjected to a recall election. In article 2 section 4 of the constitution, it states that the president, vice president, and other civil officers in the US government are subject to be impeached. This should also take place in the state governments across the US. If a state official fails to meet the needs of the people they should be able to be removed from office by way of a recall election.
    On the other hand, recall elections should not be as easy to hold. The process is to write a petition and send it around for a specific amount of signatures from the voters. Then it is to be submitted to election officials for their signatures then hold the election.(NCSL) This is too easy of a process. In California they have tried to impeach their governor 55 times since 1913. However there have only been 40 governors in California’s history. Only 5 of these recall elections have been successful. (Democracy Docket) There needs to be a much harder process to hold these recall elections. In 12 of the states, the recall election process is right, before a recall election is held there should be a stated reason for the recall to take place. State governments should allow recall elections but the process should become harder.
    MLA Sources:
    “What Is a Recall Election?” Democracy Docket, 9 Sept. 2021, https://www.democracydocket.com/explainers/what-is-a-recall-election/.
    Underhill, Wendy. “Recall of State Officials.” Recall of State Officials, https://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/recall-of-state-officials.aspx.

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  • Riley from North Carolina

    American constitutions have historically contained laws permitting recall elections, with mentions of them being found in several state constitutions, originally written after the end of the American revolution. When a governor has used their position of power in a way that disregards the health or safety of their constituents, they are liable to lose their position. In fact, nineteen states in America allow governors to be recalled from office. The recent recall election in California has brought these elections back into the public eye, reminding people that they have the right to oppose, and vote out their elected officials, should they begin to treat the people unfairly.
    Governor Gavin Newsom of California was elected in 2018. He was recently involved in a recall election, where ballots were sent out to ask his constituents whether they thought that he should be allowed to keep his post. The recall effort was led by his opposing party, who claimed that Newson had mishandled California’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, when the votes were counted, the majority of the people in the state had decided that Newsom had handled the situation well, and chose to keep him in office. Annika Kim Constantino from CNBC writes “With 70% of the expected vote counted Wednesday, Newsom led with 5.8 million, or 63.9%, against removing him from office, compared with 3.3 million, or 36.1%, in favor of the recall.” This instance shows how the people can choose who governs them, and decide, as a state, when that person has stopped representing them fairly.
    While recall efforts are common, they almost never succeed. “Only two gubernatorial recall votes have ever been successful”, writes Scott Neuman from NPR. One of them replaced California Governor Gray Davis in 2003, after his constituents blamed him for the on-again, off-again blackouts throughout the state, along with economic issues, the other replacing North Dakota Governor Lynn Frazier in 1921, due to an agricultural depression. These examples not only show a successful recall, but demonstrate times when a recall is necessary. Oftentimes a recall will be called solely due to personal prejudice or opinion, such as the recent California recall, where citizens of the state of california were upset over Newsom’s push for vaccination, reopening schools, and his appearance at a dinner party, without a mask.
    Whether or not a recall is successful, it demonstrates the right of the American people to choose our representatives, a right that has existed in our country since we separated from the British and became a new nation. A recall demonstrates a core belief each American knows, that the Government’s power comes from it’s people.

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  • Emily from North Carolina

    Yes, state governments should be able to recall elections because the Declaration of Independence states that the people are allowed to alter the government. A recall election is the process in which voters can “impeach” the official before the end of their term and before reelections. Some recall election requests do not meet the the required signatures, the official that is being recalled will remain in office. Currently, only 19 out of the 50 states allow recall elections. These states include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, and Wisconsin. In order to recall a state position, a number of signatures are required depending on the percentage of votes for the election that has been chosen to recall.

    According to The Declaration of Independence, it states, “That to secure these rights, …, that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.” When the government abuses its power, the people should be able to overthrow the government or change it.

    We should have recall elections because Corey Dale states that the “The high standards for removing lawfully elected officials on the grounds of political disagreement, which is the most popular reason for recalls. Most efforts fail for lack of organization and funding, factors that often cause petitioners to fall short of collecting the number of voter signatures required to force a recall election.” Recall elections are called because it is the citizens choice to recall that certain legislature for whatever reason that the citizens called for that election.

    Recall elections should be held because the Declaration of Independence states that the people are allowed to alter the government. The recall elections are called from the people and the people can abolish the government. In conclusion, recall elections should be held because the Declaration of Independence

    Dade, Corey. “Why Recall Elections Are so Difficult to Pull Off.” NPR, NPR, 2 Dec. 2011, https://www.npr.org/2011/12/02/143055885/why-recall-elections-are-so-difficult-to-pull-off.

    Hubler, Shawn. “The California Recall, Untangled.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 3 June 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/article/california-recall-election-gavin-newsom.html.

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  • Ava from North Carolina

    State Governments should be able to have recall elections because it allows citizens to have the spirit of democracy. Many people in the world would like to have a say in who is keeping their community safe and what they are doing to maintain it. For example, I would like to believe that if a city had a governor with very bad intentions that won the election, they would not want that person as their governor, right? Gavin Newsom, the governor of California had an attempt from the citizens of California to remove him from office. According to CNBC, “Nearly 1.5 million Californians signed the recall petition due to frustrations over state-issued health orders and the appearance of a maskless Newsom at a dinner party at a posh Napa Valley restaurant during the height of surging Covid cases,” Annika Constantino said. Relating to this quote, many people can’t put all of their trust in one person, as many believe Newsom has treated a majority of the state unfairly. I believe that a governor of one’s state should at least listen to what the people have to say because the people have the power. In order for a person to like their governor or whoever their elected officials are, the citizens most likely focus on how their representative responds to their concerns or issues in their state. During the Newsom recall election, citizens of California were trying to vote and some were being told that they had already voted. According to AP News, “Days before the polls closed, the campaign of one of the leading Republican candidates promoted a website urging people to sign a petition that declared Newsom had already won because of voter fraud,” Adam Beam said. Apparently, this was all due to former President Trump’s election to help him turn over his votes. The people of California were being told by the registrar that they could put in a provisional ballot because of the voting issues. Newsom was not letting the problems of voting stop his state and he gave a victory speech. According to AP News, “Democracy is not a football. You don’t throw it around,” Newsom said. “It’s more like a, I don’t know, an antique vase. You can drop it and smash it into a million different pieces. And that’s what we’re capable of doing if we don’t stand up to meet the moment and push back.” Overall, many citizens all over the world would like to continue representing their state and being able to be a part of decision-making. According to FrontierSin, “Empirical studies reveal many citizens’ unwillingness to get rid of representative democracy,” Pierre-Etienne Vandamme said. “A great number of them, however, distrust their representatives and would want representation to be improved, for example by giving citizens more control over their representatives.” The people having control of state-level issues rather than country-level issues, I feel is way more effective because it is a smaller population and there are certain points that need to be addressed. If the elected official does not let a citizen be heard then that could lead to a recall election, due to the people not being fond of their state representative.

    Works Cited
    Constantino, Annika Kim. “Democrat Gavin Newsom Easily Survives California Recall, Will Remain Governor.” CNBC, CNBC, 15 Sept. 2021, https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/15/california-recall-election-results.html.
    Beam, Adam. “Few Voting Issues Reported with California Recall Election.” AP NEWS, Associated Press, 15 Sept. 2021, https://apnews.com/article/technology-health-elections-california-voting-cab9a61dd373910187b301e0e3d7efd4.
    Vandamme, Pierre-Etienne. “Can the Recall Improve Electoral Representation?” Frontiers, Frontiers, 1 Jan. 1AD, https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpos.2020.00006/full.

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  • Seth from Wisconsin

    The reason I say they should is because people can be deceiving and its hard to know if people are actually good people inside like they are outside. People like to use others for personal gain let alone if those same people could control an entire state.

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  • Wesley from Wisconsin

    Recall Elections are important for the state because if they get a bad governor then he could ruin the entire state.

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  • Kylan from Wisconsin

    Yes, 1 because it’s a sign of a healthy democracy, 2 if there is a bad Governor; Eavers or Walker for example; we can get rid of them. In short we should have Recall Elections to have someone adequate enough person

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  • Demetrius from Wisconsin

    Without a doubt, state governments should have recall elections. If someone is elected governor and they have no idea what to do or are doing a poor job, they should not remain in office. By keeping them in office (removing recall elections), you are punishing every member of the state when there is an easy solution: remove the current governor.

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  • Nik from Wisconsin

    If a government official is acting a fool and unpopular among most of the population, you should definitely be able to vote him out. It’s better to hold a recall election than to let him keep disgracing your state.

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  • Kenzi from Wisconsin

    Yes, state governments should have recall elections. The government does not run without the people, therefore the people have the power. As expressed in the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, the people have the power to remove a government that is not effective or protecting rights; therefore, the people have the power to decide an elected official is not adequate and remove them from office.

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  • Ethan from Wisconsin

    In order for democracy to be healthy and survive governments at the state level should continue to allow for recall elections. Even though some people argue against it. If the governor of a state is not doing what they are supposed to, as in not listening to the people of the state, then they should be removed from office and recalled for some one better.

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  • Kensley from North Carolina

    States should have recall elections because it is possible for a public official to be unjust when it comes to state decisions. If the majority of the state believe that they are being treated unfairly by their governor then they should have the right to vote him/her out of office. Governor Newsom recently survived a recall election in California with around 64% of California residents voting to keep him in office, with the other 36% wanting him to go.
    Under certain circumstances a recall election can be very necessary, placing all of your trust into one governor doesn’t always turn out to be the best idea. At other times some people want to get rid of public officials because of their race or beliefs. As Annika Constanino’s CNBC article states, “Newsom, who was elected by an overwhelming margin in 2018 to a term that would end in 2023, spent months trying to fend off the Republican-led effort that gained traction last year over allegations that he mishandled the states response to coronavirus pandemic.” The 36% Californians voting him out wanted to get rid of him because he was not as strict as other states about the mask recommendations and state-issued health orders.
    In conclusion, states should have recall elections because of peoples opinion and whether or not they are an appropriate official.

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  • Sofia from North Carolina

    Recall elections are an important part of maintaining democracy on the state level. Historically and in practice, the recall election has been used to remove a governor who has gone against the needs of his constituents, and this exercise of popular control over elected leadership is an important reminder to state leadership that they are there to serve their constituents’ needs, not the other way around. Recall elections are not, as some have claimed, a constant disruption of state leadership, as often the majority of recall voters will decide that current governor is doing a good job representing them and should stay in power.
    The recall election traces its origins to the Second Constitutional Convention, where anti-Federalists demanded that there be stronger oversight over state leadership. Noted anti-Federalist John Lansing argued that without recall elections, political leaders would “lose their respect for the power from whom they receive their existence” (Spivack). This evidence clearly shows that the recall election is first and foremost a way to hold leaders accountable to the demands of their constituents.
    In 2003, California governor Davis was recalled over his poor handling of the state’s electricity crisis. Voters were enraged by the continual blackouts, and removed him from office (Patterson). Clearly, this recall election was not an unfair whim, but an expression of the citizens’ demand for an effective government. Without the recall, the energy crisis could have continued for months or even years, leading to chaos.
    While some people argue that the recall is an unfair disruption of state government, it is important to understand that a recall does not automatically mean that state leadership will be removed from office. In the most recent recall election, which was prompted by opposition to strong pandemic safety restrictions, California governor Newson kept his position (Bradner and Merica). The majority of Californians felt that Newson’s strong stance on COVID-19 restrictions was benefiting the state, and voted to keep him as governor. This incident outlines the fact that a leader who serves his people’s needs has nothing to fear from recall elections.

    Works Cited
    Bradner, Eric, and Dan Merica. “5 Takeaways after Gov. Gavin Newsom Prevails in California Recall.” CNN, Cable News Network, 16 Sept. 2021, https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/15/politics/california-recall-election-takeaways/index.html.
    Patterson, Thom. “Genesis of Recall Rooted in California Energy Crisis.” CNN, Cable News Network, 7 Oct. 2003, https://www.cnn.com/2003/ALLPOLITICS/10/06/energy.crisis/index.html.
    Spivak, Joshua. “What Is the History of Recall Elections?” History News Network, https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/1660.

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  • Kimberly from Wisconsin

    Yes, they should definitely have a recall for elections. I feel as though it would be good for just about everyone.

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  • Evan from Wisconsin

    Yes beause if the elected individual is not doing a good job or makes things worse the voters should be able to have a recall election just like how we can impeach the president.

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  • Reagan from Mississippi

    Yes, state governments should be allowed to have recall elections. I believe states should be allowed this rights, because the president is allowed to be impeached so the same should go for government officials

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  • Charlie from Kentucky

    State Governments should have recall elections because it is up to the people of the states to hold their leaders in check and make sure they are an adequate leader. Although people vote for and elect their state governors, they are not at fault for their governors’ unforeseen misdeeds. It is crucial to keep this principle in place because it lets the leaders know that their jobs are not secured and they have to earn the respect and support of the people by doing a good job and listening to the people. For the most part, even in states without recall elections, the governors and other state political officials do a decent job in their position.
    As for the Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, there are loads of evidence that point at why he should have been taken down from his position. Under his guidance, California businesses have undergone closures for months on end, homicide rates have risen, and the homelessness crisis has only gotten worse, according to the Associated Press. Moreover, his blatant hypocrisy with regard to the mask mandate has not been a look for him. Despite ordering Californians to wear masks and avoid social gatherings, last November, he was spotted with 12 others at a restaurant in Napa Valley, none of whom wore masks, as the New York Post wrote. I’m not criticizing the act of going in public with friends without a mask, but I am chiding Governor Newsom for illustrating such a high level of hypocrisy. His pride and self-importance seems to outweigh the lives of millions of struggling and mistreated Californians. With that said, I think it is clear that recall elections are necessary and just to keep high state officials in check with the people they are obligated to serve.

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  • Maria from Kentucky

    Yes, state governments should have recall elections. Over the course of time, many governors have shown the people that they do not have their state’s best interest at heart. Recall elections are neccesary to uphold democracy. If the people the governors are representing are not happy with them, it is the right of the people to have a chance in removing that governor. “Recall elections are intended to allow the people themselves, not just the Legislature, to directly remove officials between elections. Recall laws prevent chaos by requiring a high number of signatures to trigger an election and a strict process to approve ballot language” (Mackinac Center). Recall elections allow The People to remove governors they deem unfit to represent them. Without recall elections, our democracy might be harmed by the dissatisfaction people feel towards their elected officials. Recall elections keep the unhappy citizens from turning violent and retains the peace. While it is true that recall elections can lead to less stability, if the people are not happy with the outcome of their governor’s actions then the stability will have less importance.

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  • Noah from Kentucky

    The United States of America was built upon the fundamentals of a representative democracy, which increases turnover rates in the governor’s office of many states through recall elections. Though recall elections rarely occur, the opportunity of the people to vote on whether or not a seated official can keep their position at any time during their tenure reinforces the democratic ideals set forth by the Founding Fathers. This is why recall elections should be allowed in the United States of America. However, recall elections do not quite coalign with the values of federalism, as the federal government typically has no say in a recall election of a state’s governor and they do not usually give the governor enough time to implement change in the society they govern.

    Currently, gubernatorial term limits vary by state, and only 19 of the 50 states permit recall elections (National Conference of State Legislatures). So why do 62% of states prohibit recall elections? Recall elections and their success can dramatically shift the trajectory of a state’s plan to achieve their goals, and sometimes there is not enough time for even the slightest changes to occur. Furthermore, recall elections would foster more opportunities for special interest groups to influence the election process. Overall, the fundamentals of a representative democracy encourage state governments to have recall elections, but in turn limit their usage to allow for stability during a governor’s term.

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  • haley from Mississippi

    I feel like in certain situations recall elections would be very helpful.

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  • Peter from Kentucky

    U.S. State Governments should hold recall elections. On the surface, recall elections appear to be ways for the people, for whom and by whom the representative government was created, to exercise their power over their elected officials. However, it is more complicated than that: only 19 states allow recall elections, and there are ways for impeachment and removal from office that are separate from recall elections. So why then should state governments hold these recall elections? Well, it is the people who elect state representatives, and I believe the people have the right to, with legitimate reasoning and a legal process, recall their elected officials. Impeachment and removal from office are other alternatives, but they are much harder to do and to prove any wrongdoing or misdemeanor, and are not carried out by the people themselves. Take the governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer, who enforced extremely strict COVID-19 restrictions while her own husband borderline broke them and requested a boating dock for his own boat. Similarly, she went traveling down to Florida to visit her sick father, which overstepped her own urges and restrictions to keep citizens home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Whitmer presents a strong example of an elected state official that has generated many calls for a recall election, for many valid reasons. Obviously this system doesn’t work at the national level, with elected officials such as the president, because the electoral college is in place to provide representation for all states and all people to the best of the nation’s ability. However, I believe that the state levels of government are much more focused on a smaller population with more specific needs, and if those elected officials do not meet the needs of those that elected them, or if they commit some sort of misdemeanor, I believe it is the people’s right and responsibility to see that a recall election takes place. Those that argue against recall elections argue that they turn into a political weapon for opposing sides on the political spectrum to halt any progress or success made by the other. While this kind of occurrence does happen with many things in politics, such as the scandals and false controversy surrounding many Supreme Court Justices before they are sworn into office by members of the more opposite leaning political side in Congress (Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas come to mind), I believe that the requirements in most states to even hold recall elections (usually millions of signatures), as well as the rarity of recall elections entirely, gives them legitimacy in being a way for the people of a state to have their needs met and ensure their state flourishes under adequate leadership.

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  • Leah from Kentucky

    Yes, state governments should have recall elections. The government, especially the state government works to serve the people and their needs. State government serves as a messenger to our executive leadership, the president which many citizens feel is out of reach. As a state leader in the public eye, Governor Newsom sets an example for the rest of the people of California. If the population of California sees their leader socially distancing, wearing a mask, and receiving a vaccination the majority of the California population will follow along. Unfortunately, Governor Newsom was seen at a party, an action he strongly discouraged when managing the COVID-19 pandemic. Before this, it was rumored he was being challenged for a recall but after his public appearance it picked up plenty of signatures to ignite a recall. A recall serves to allow the people to express their opinion about their government officials. If the governor has proved to be an inappropriate fit in any way he can be recalled by the public. The role of the public is to hold the government accountable and remind officials of who they are serving. The government needs to be put in check by the people to ensure that it is being fair to the people. Similar to checks and balances, a recall is the check of the people. The power to recall ensures that the people are not servants to the government but rather work together with the government, “ This view maintains that an elected representative is an agent or a servant of their constituents, not their master,” (https://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/recall-of-state-officials.aspx) Some also believe that allowing the power of a recall will deter government officials from making unpopular or potentially illegal decisions out of fear of repercussion. But this is also an issue. State officials need to have the confidence and will power to make these difficult decisions, not the illegal ones, but ones that may challenge the population’s popular vote.(https://aceproject.org/ace-en/topics/es/ese/ese08/ese08c/ese08c02) But some may argue that a recall gives the government too much power over our government. Others also argue that the people already have enough power since we are able to vote on our state officials. Although these are valid and understandable arguments, they do not address the change that people can undergo when put into positions of power. If they are not a proper fit for their position it does not make sense to continue to allow them to run the state into chaos and disarray. It is for the best of the state to question our elected officials to ensure the people’s confidence in our government.

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  • Zachariah from Kentucky

    Yes, the State Government should have recall elections. This is because it gives a say to the people of the state to replace someone who they believe has not done what they promised. Also if a Governor does things that are against the things he campaigned for. On the flip side it does make it so Governors if they make one wrong move. They could be recalled and thrown off by the government. Also if they have recalls it will basically void the 4-year term because the split term will not be effective. But, recall elections can allow people who were on the fence to make their decision after the Governor is in power for a while. Recall elections are good and should be continued in States throughout the Country.

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  • Derrick from Kentucky

    Yes, I believe that state governments should have recall elections because it’s the people’s choice. Although there is chance of overuse of a recall which will waste time for many, we still can use it for good. There are many vallabel reasons why we may use a recall such as not following a mandate or law. I feel that If the public does not agree with certain actions then they should be able to vote for a recall.

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  • Daniel from Kentucky

    If I feel like another governor could do a better job than who is in office now, I should have the right to say, “Hey so and so did this when we are in the middle of a global pandemic even though he ordered us to stay inside.” or “The governor didn’t promise us what he was set up to do, I feel like my vote has been wasted because they aren’t doing what I voted for them to do.” The 1st Amendment says people have the freedom of speech to say what they want. The Second Amendment also allows us to have the right to a revolution. The Second Amendment literally allows us to have a say in all of this and if we want a change we have the right to have a revolution. In conclusion, state governments should allow recall elections because it allows people to have a say in their opinion.

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  • Jenna from Kentucky

    States should always be able to recall elections, just like the country is always able to impeach presidents. If the majority of people feel like the governor is not doing his or her job correctly,then they should be removed from office.

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  • Justin from Kentucky

    They should have the power becous the people should have to right to reflect an official if they are not doing there job to the people’s satisfaction. If they do something illegal that the people do not like that the people who voted them in should have the power to vote them out of office. The people should have a voice in what and who they want in the government.

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  • bailey from Kentucky

    Yes, states should have recall elections. The same way that the national government has the impeachment process the states should have the equivalent. Especially with ever changing times in our world with things like Covid taking hold of the nation. While there is impeachment on the state level, impeachment is hard to come by. Thinking back to the most recent impeachment trial in our nation, it was a long drawn out process. It took a long time for the democrats to find evidence that President Trump did something illegal. And it took almost as long to impeach him. All the while he still had power and was not removed from office. The same thing could happen at the state level. The state governors have, in some respects, more power than that of the president. For example the governor in Kentucky became wildly unpopular during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic with his mandates, rules, and closures. And yet nothing he did was illegal, which means there is no grounds for impeachment. This is also seen in California just these past few weeks when the people tried to recall the current governor Gavin Newsom. He didn’t do anything to warrant impeachment, but he did anger the people enough to make them want to recall him. This is an important part of citizen’s rights but it’s also part of federalism at the state level. It ensures that if a governor became too powerful, or put the people in danger, or did something that would cause the people to recall him, they can. And while some may say that this gives the citizens too much power and they might try to recall a governor too often or for something inconsequential, only 2 successful recalls have taken place in the US. One was in 1921 and the other in 2003. This proves that this is not an overused power, or something that should be taken away. Recall is also more powerful than impeachment. Oftentimes with impeachment the people are just trying to mar the name of the governor or president so that they don’t get re-elected. However with a recall the people are actively trying to remove the invival in power.

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  • Jonathan from Pennsylvania

    Yes. Just like an impeachment, this practice should be rare, and with many safeguards stopping a political party from using this as a weapon for simply disagreeing or having a personal dislike against a particular candidate. It is useful when a candidate has displayed gross incompetence or has committed an egregious act.

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  • sydney from Kentucky

    States should have the option to recall their governor because if enough people are unhappy with the governor, they should be able to elect a new governor before, what the people believe as, damage can be done. There have only been two governors recalled in our history, once in North Dakota and the other in California, but in California, there have been 179 recall accusations since 1913 for elected officials. https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/recalls/recall-history-california-1913-present. Since two governors have been recalled, that gives reason to believe that, in the future, there could be others recalled.
    Some people believe that states should not be able to recall their elected officials, but America is based on the people and their beliefs. We became a country through believing that the colony was not under the correct control. This theme is sewn throughout our history. The time that California’s governor was recalled, was a time that Californians agreed that they disliked how they were being controlled. They decided to change their leader to better fit the people.

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  • Cam from Kentucky

    State governments should have the ability to have recall elections. Many people vote for a representative without being educated on what they stand for, what they plan on doing, or even if they are going to do anything. They vote with regard to their party just because that representative most likely has a general relation to their interest. Then, there are times where representatives promise things and in the end never follow through with their words. This causes regret to the people that voted for them and there’s nothing but time to have them out of office. For example, up to 20% noted people regret voting for Biden in 2020 and 3% regretted voting for Trump in 2016. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/regrets-youve-had-a-few-20-want-biden-vote-back https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/03/22/how-many-trump-voters-really-regret-their-votes/ Therefore, recall elections are a good idea. They allow for people to get a view of what they voted for and now what to look for in a representative. It helps confirm a candidate’s place. Or it just simply allows for a better looked at and formed government by bringing people together to see what they do and don’t want in a leader.

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  • Kinsley Tate from North Carolina

    In light of recent events in California, the necessity of recall elections in state governments has been called into question. Some argue that these elections, which offer an opportunity for governors to be replaced by popular vote before the end of their term, support a strong democracy. Despite this claim, recall elections should not be held in state governments because they demolish stability in a government, along with the validity of a representative democracy.
    Stability in government institutions is one of the key factors needed to maintain legitimacy, which a nation could not properly rule and exercise powers without. Recall elections can result in governors- and most often political parties- being changed quickly, leading to confusion and possible turmoil. This effect is emphasized when a different political party takes office, which likely occurs when a change is made due to political parties making their arguments based on poor governor performance. The ability to eject a governor based on their performance mid-term is one of the arguments for having recall elections, but our government already has a democratic solution to this problem of unfavored performance: term limits. These checks on government positions provide a subtle, peaceful transition of power after a designated period of time that officials are guaranteed, unlike the sudden change that results from recall elections. As a result, recall elections are unfavorable because they jeopardize the stability of our government.
    In addition to destabilizing our democracy, recall elections encroach on our system of a representative democracy by pressuring officials to make decisions that satisfy their constituency, or their voters (Spivak). While serving under term limits, elected officials are able to vote by their preferences, not strictly by the views of their political parties. But, when recall elections are prevalent, officials have to worry about their every move to ensure that they are not quickly removed from office by their constituents for just one or two decisions. This method of voting by personal view that is supported without recall elections is what makes the US a representative democracy that is not just black and white- or in political terms, red and blue- in regards to states’ opinions. By having this nationwide flexibility in views, governors are able to serve their voters by forming opinions based both on their own reasoning and their party line, supporting the representative aspect of our democracy.
    Out of our fifty states, only nineteen currently allow recall elections (Underhill). In fact, only four of these elections have been held in our nation’s history (Zacks). This is because recall elections both destabilize and undermine our current government, which can lead to decreased legitimacy and a straying from our intended democratic system. To solve this issue, the well-established system of term limits should be abided by, and recall elections should not be held in state governments.

    Works Cited
    Spivak, Joshua. “What Is the History of Recall Elections?” History News Network, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/1660.
    Underhill, Wendy. “Recall of State Officials.” Recall of State Officials, https://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/recall-of-state-officials.aspx.
    Zacks, Amy. “Recalling Governors: An Overview.” Eagleton Center on the American Governor, Rutgers University, 15 Sept. 2021, https://governors.rutgers.edu/recalling-governors-an -overview/.

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  • Helen from North Carolina

    In the United States, recall elections are permitted in 19 states. Recall elections give the people a chance to recall an elected official from office. Many argue that these elections are an essential part of democracy. However, demands for recalls are rarely successful. Recall elections take focus away from other things that an official could be doing. State governments should not have recall elections.
    Recall elections are too easily abused by the public. According to an article recently published by The New York Times about recalls in California, “In the past 60 years, every one of [California’s] governors has faced a recall attempt.” Despite this, only one of those governors was actually recalled (Gov. Gray Davis in 2003). Part of the United States’ democracy is electing representatives. The people have the opportunity to vote for these officials at a designated time. Where recalls are permitted, people attempt to recall all the time, which is unproductive and takes officials’ focus away from their other political responsibilities that they were voted to perform in the first place.
    Recently in California, Governor Gavin Newsom won a recall vote. According to the Los Angeles Times, those who tried to recall Newsom “spent tens of millions of dollars and 18 months trying to recall Newsom, then ended up awkwardly beneath a crushing landslide.” Newsom is a Democratic governor in a notoriously blue state. It was highly unlikely that he would be recalled. Those who attempted to recall him used an incredible amount of time and resources to fight a losing battle. The same Los Angeles Times article states that the special election also “cost taxpayers at least $276 million”. All this money spent for nothing to change. Recall elections take time and resources away from people and things that could actually make a change in the government.
    In conclusion, recall elections are an unnecessary and inefficient part of the democracies in the states that allow them. The public abuses the power to request recalls. They take focus, time, and resources away from things that will lead to real and effective changes in the state. For these reasons, state governments should not have recall elections.

    Works Cited

    Neuman, Scott. “Efforts To Recall Governors Are Common, But They Rarely Succeed.” Npr, 15
    Sept. 2021, http://www.npr.org/2021/09/15/1037355305/recall-governors-common-rarely-succeed.

    Skelton, George. “In California Recall, Gavin Newsom Should Have Been the Only Name on the
    Ballot.” Los Angeles Times [Los Angeles, CA], 20 Sept. 2021, http://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-09-20/skelton-california-recall-reform-governor.

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  • Sarah from North Carolina

    Although state recall elections are often viewed as a necessary right for the people, it is doing more damage than healing. State governments should not have recall elections because they tend to be unproductive, cause further division, and prevent the possibility of a government official making the state better.
    There will never be a time when all of the population will completely agree. No matter how hard representatives in office try to please people, there will always be a group that disagrees and wants to remove the official. Even though this is an option, is it really the best way to approach disagreement? Recall elections are like adding another ingredient to a recipe of disaster. No amends are made, no forgiveness offered. Only tearing down representatives and opponent political parties. Recall elections undermine “the principle of electing good officials and giving them a chance to govern.” They also give the wealthy groups a chance to have “influence over the political process” (National Conference of State Legislatures). This proves that recall elections aren’t fair and have bias as a factor. A better way to handle disagreeing with an official would be to give them a chance and witness positive changes in the community by making compromises.
    State recall elections are unproductive because they disrupt progress in the government and cause representatives to worry about pleasing people rather than striving towards a better state overall. Recall elections are there for people who are ready to shut down any other belief besides their own. Such as in the California recall election, time spent considering the removal of an official can be a waste of time. “With 70% of the expected vote counted Wednesday, Newsom led with 5.8 million, or 63.9%, against removing him from office, compared with 3.3 million, or 36.1%, in favor of the recall” (CNBC). The tedious process of a recall election is sometimes pointless. An article describing the Wisconsin recall elections in 2011 claims that “most of these recall attempts were motivated by politics, not scandal”, and that as an effect, Wisconsin “fell short, recalling only the two Republicans who probably would have lost their next elections anyway” (Mackinac Center for Public Policy). This left the office empty, when a qualified official could have been making positive changes in the state if it weren’t for recall elections.
    Recall elections also put pressure on officials, making them act differently as they are trying to people-please. Even Alexander Hamilton “feared, that the recall ‘will render the senator a slave to all the capricious humors among the people’”(History News Network). Officials should be able to make just decisions without feeling like they are walking on eggshells because of what they enforce. Officials just need to be able to do what they know is right without attempts of removal. Of course, checks and balances are very important in government, but recall elections are unnecessary and are not beneficial.
    Additionally, there was a significant group of people in California that tried to remove Governor Newsom from office (CNBC). It could be argued that recall elections, such as the one in California, have a chance to improve the government and are a right of the people, but in reality these elections can worsen the government’s progress. Newsom, like many other government officials, was trying to make his state better. He wasn’t able to follow through on his plans before opponents attempted to knock him out of office. Instead of bashing someone you don’t agree with, why not listen to what they have to say? Who knows, maybe their actions will actually benefit your state.

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  • Peyton from North Carolina

    The United States of America has a political system of democracy, where the people are able to elect candidates to represent their beliefs in government. With this being said, the people have their opportunity to vote and choose who they want to elect. I believe that recall elections undermine the importance of this role of democracy and should not be allowed in state governments.
    The first instances that recall elections emerged began with the forming of a new government including the Virginia Plan. Randolph Edmund proposed the recall to limit the power of the legislative government; the plan “would have allowed the recall of the members of the first house of the legislature, who were directly elected by the people.” (Spivak). The last portion of that sentence proves just that. The people choose their representative, so they should have to live with the repercussions of their decisions. President Barack Obama once said “Elections have consequences”, supporting the assertion that it is impossible to make everyone happy. Which leads to the point that most recall elections emerge from a small group of people who disagree with the decisions that are being made.
    In the CNBC article it mentions, “Nearly 1.5 million Californians signed the recall petition due to frustrations over state-issued health orders” (Constantino), while yes 1.5 million people is a lot, it doesn’t represent the 39.5 million people who live in California. A whole new election was called for a group of people that only make up 3% of the California population, which proves to be such an insignificant number as Newsome remained in office. This is again exemplified in the requirements to petition for a recall election where in California only 20% of the votes cast in the last election, is the number of signatures required (NCSL). This infringement leads to the next point, what happens after?
    One of the most fundamental foundations of democracy is that candidates win by receiving a majority of the vote, but somehow this does not apply for recall elections. Candidates take office during a recall election by having “majority of votes to remove an elected official. When that happens, their replacement is determined by whoever receives the most votes — even if they don’t get more than 50%.” (Rodd and Nixon). The after effect of a recall election does not represent the full population. This proves the point that recall elections only cater to small portions of the population.
    Though the argument can be made that recall elections are necessary to uphold the democratic rights of American people, recall elections are proven just as much to infringe the rights of American people, when they have already had the opportunity to voice their rights. The true question is who are we looking out for, ourselves or America?

    Scott Rodd, Nicole Nixon. “’Some Serious Problems’ with California RECALL LAWS, Secretary of State Says.” CapRadio, n.d., https://www.capradio.org/articles/2021/07/20/some-serious-problems-with-california-recall-laws-secretary-of-state-says/.
    Underhill, Wendy. “Recall of State Officials.” Recall of State Officials, n.d., https://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/recall-of-state-officials.aspx.
    Constantino , Annika. “Democrat Gavin Newsom Easily Survives California RECALL, Will Remain Governor.” CNBC, CNBC, 15 Sept. 2021, https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/15/california-recall-election-results.html.
    Spivak, Joshua. “What Is the History of Recall Elections?” History News Network, n.d., https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/1660.

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  • Artem from Illinois

    20 states in the US have some sort of procedure that allows the citizens of the state to prematurely recall their elected officials (https://ballotpedia.org/Laws_governing_recall). However, the majority of the states do not permit such recall elections, and neither does the federal government. One can only imagine what chaos would happen if they did. Approval ratings of politicians, especially high-profile ones like governors, tend to fluctuate all the time. At any given point, a politician’s popularity may fall below 50% (even if they were initially elected in a landslide), following disasters that the public perceives as the politician’s fault. Even in cases where an official is not responsible for the situation or simply cannot change it, like droughts or floods, the public’s misdirected and hotheaded anger can result in a recall. If voters systematically sanction their representatives for failures to deliver on unmeetable expectations, recall elections will not result in any improvement but will instead erode trust in democracy. A lot of times, including the most recent recall attempt of governor Newsom, recalls are also invoked out of spite or by interest groups who do not represent the will of the majority. This is possible because recalls generally require only a minority (15-40%) to sign the recall petition, as getting more than 50% to sign would be a logistical nightmare. Thus, such recall elections cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars but rarely change anything. Most failures in office are inconsequential, even if they are met with an emotional public outcry, and the citizens can safely wait until the regularly scheduled election to elect someone else if they wish. In extreme cases of corruption or misbehavior that require an immediate removal from office, the public can generally rely either on the official in question resigning out of shame, or elected representatives impeaching them. In rare cases where neither impeachment nor resignation takes place, protests can be as effective, if not more effective, than recall elections in demonstrating public will. Just like with recall petitions, only a minority generally participates in a protest, but it is enough to draw attention to significant public discontent over an issue and warrant a response from the government without spending millions on a pointless election or creating a state of permanent campaigning.

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  • Declan from New York

    With the California state governor recall just concluding, there is a big debate on whether election recalls are a good thing or not. It can be a good thing because it punishes government officials who are either not good at their job or are problematic and have demonstrated bed behavior such as sexual assault, or racial insensitivity. However, I think there is more bad than good that comes with election recalls. One reason is because the process can often take way too long, just for the vote to be no, and it just ends up being a waste of time and energy. Another reason is because when there is a recall going on, the governor in still in office and anything he tries to do or say, no one will take him seriously because they think he is going to be gone soon. And finally, in this specific case, a recall of a Democratic governor is not going to work in a state that is usually a democratic landslide.

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  • Andrew from Indiana

    Recall elections are a waste of time, money, and other government resources and government officials can be removed through other methods. Some will say that removal of state leaders is required for true, effective democracy, however, there are two arguments to suggest otherwise. Primarily, in a true democracy, there is occasionally the need to remove someone in a position of great power, however state and local leaders rarely hold significant enough power in our government to dramatically effect our day to day lives. That being said, given the instance that the vast majority does disagree with the policies and laws of a state or local leader, they can simply wait out their term limit, considering said state did directly vote said leader into power in the first place. However, if this leader is dramatically affecting his citizens lives, I do believe that impeachment should be (more) readily available and should be able to originate from either house. Additionally, our government should take steps to further define, and maybe even expand “treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”
    In either of these cases, recall elections are unnecessary, and quite frankly a waste of government time and money. According to the New York Times, California spent almost half a billion dollars of taxpayer money on a failed recall election. As long as everyday citizens can call for these, they will typically be over small or petty disagreements, like a silly mask. Additionally, citizens of the opposing party could call for a recall simply out of spite from losing their hold in office. If recalls were to happen instead of a broader impeachment, it should still have to first pass through Congress, (potentially excluding the leader in question) to ensure these elections are not wasting resources over simple partisan differences. Overall, a more general form of impeachment would be much more efficient in our government and simply makes more sense.

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  • Karlie from Mississippi

    There is no reason to kick an governor before his term ends, because if you don’t like him, you can just vote for someone else when elections come around. It’s unfair to the governor and to the people that like him as the governor.

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  • Belle from Kentucky

    Recall elections should not be considered a valid element of democracy. They disrupt the flow of the political process and create a gateway for turmoil and unrest among the community and the government. Allowing recall elections to take place promotes minority parties to frequently utilize them. This takes the focus of the state government away from real issues and requires them to focus their attention on recalls that have a 0.56 rate of succeeding (in California). Nine times out of ten, the attempts do not even qualify for the ballot. California has faced 179 recall attempts with only one successful election. Only two governors have been recalled in the United States’ history, the first being Lynn Frazier of North Dakota (1921) and Gray Davis of California (2003). The infrequent victories of the demands to recall an elected official signifies that recall elections are clearly not successful or helpful. Recall elections should only be permissible when the elected official endangers the good of the community. Even then, there are government procedures for handling unfit leaders, like impeachment, that can be implemented.

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  • caleigh from Mississippi

    I believe the government should not have recall elections because election dates are set years in advance, if we are not ready to vote as a union as a whole, it is our own faults. Participation is the hallmark of democracy and our own procrastination is not a reasonable excuse as to why we are not prepared for elections.

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