Recall: A New American Revolution

America is awash in near-instant communications technology and 24-7 media. Yet many politicians count on their constituents having short-term memories. These profligate politicians spend tax dollars recklessly and increase the size of government regardless of the public's growing concern over what this unsustainable debt will do the economy and to the next generations. Just before elections, the big-spending incumbents present themselves as budget hawks, with a compliant media fostering amnesia among the plucked taxpayers.

At the beginning of the 20th century, a progressive movement began to use recall to hold office holders more accountable. The impetus at that time was concern over the

political influence of monopolies of industrialists and banks. In our time, government and public employee unions have become major sources of corruption, creating bureaucracies insulated from the people who are paying for it all.

Recall can provide more accountability in between elections and put office holders on notice that they are being watched. Recall is now available to constituents in 18 states. Another 13 states have initiative procedures whereby petitioners could put recall measures on the ballot. provides each state's relevant laws, plus updated news and commentary on recall efforts around the nation.

Welcome to the new American Revolution.

Latest Recall News

California School District Slates Recall for Board Member

(10/07/15) — “LUCERNE VALLEY -- On Feb. 2, residents of the Lucerne Valley Unified School District will get their chance to recall school board member Dawn Turnbull, although fellow board members say she hasn't been a board member in months. On Sept. 18, San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters Michael J. Scarpello certified that recall proponents had gathered enough valid signatures to put a recall of Turnbull up to a vote in an upcoming special election. On Oct. 5, the other four Lucerne Valley Unified board members picked a date: Feb. 2, when another has already scheduled its own special election. "We can then share those expenses and minimize these costs," said board president Jim Harvey. "If we're going to save money, (then) that's the logical date," board Jodi Collingham concurred. The board voted to hold the election on Feb. 2 by a 4-0 vote. Under state law, the election had to be held a minimum of 88 days after the meeting to choose a date but not more than 125 days. In the meantime, Turnbull's seat is vacant, as it has been for more than three months, according to fellow board members. After months of unexcused absences, board members voted on Sept. 1 to vote her off the board.”
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Snowmass Village Recall Election Set

(09/01/15) — “ An election to recall Snowmass Village Councilman Chris Jacobson is now officially set for Oct. 13. The Town Council voted 4-0 Monday in favor of setting the date, an action prompted by a successful residents' petition effort. The election will be mail-in, and ballots will be sent out Sept. 21. Jacobson was absent from Monday's meeting as well as last week's, both special meetings scheduled for the Town Council to work through the review of an application to amend current development approvals for Base Village. Jacobson told the council he would be taking a two-week vacation and returning Sept. 15; his absence last week was for another reason. After the recall petition was verified as having the required number of signatures and a 15-day protest period passed with none filed, the petition was deemed sufficient Aug. 24, Jacobson had a five-day window in which he could have resigned from office and avoid the election. In keeping with his statements thus far in the process, Jacobson did not tender his resignation, and so it was up to the council Monday to call for the election. On the recall ballot, voters will be asked whether Jacobson should be recalled from office and also, regardless of their response, to choose a successor from a list of candidates. ”
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Colorado School Board Members to Face Recall on Nov. 3

(09/09/15) — “JEFFERSON COUNTY -- The recall question targeting the three conservative members of the Jeffco school board will be on the Nov. 3 general election ballot, according to a spokeswoman from the county clerk's office. Up until the announcement from Beth Clippinger, assistant to Jeffco Clerk Faye Griffin, it was unclear whether the county would have to schedule a special election for the ongoing efforts to recall school board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams. A special election would cost more than $500,000 and would be paid for by the school district.”
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Challengers File in Oro Valley, Arizona Recall Election

(09/01/15) — “Five Oro Valley residents filed petitions on Monday to get their names on the ballot in the town's November recall election. If verified by the town clerk, the potential candidates will see their names on the ballot. They do not need to go through verification by the Pima County Recorder's Office. "The signatures to become a candidate in the recall election only need to be reviewed by the Oro Valley Town Clerk's office," said Oro Valley Communications Administrator Misti Nowak. "They will go through those signatures, count them, and make sure there are a sufficient number to become an official candidate." The recall effort stems from the town's purchase of El Conquistador Country Club, which is now a town recreation center. Two of the candidates were a part of the movement against how the purchase was handled. Ryan Hartung, running against Council Member Joe Hornat, led the effort to recall the office-holders who voted in favor of the purchase. Shirl Lamonna,running against Council Member Mary Snider, headed a failed effort to put the purchase to a voter referendum. Also in the race is retired Navy officer Steve Didio, who will run against Council Member Lou Waters. Former General Motors Executive Patrick Straney and landscape architect Joe Winfield will challenge Mayor Satish Hiremath.”
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