Eligible for Recall: Senator Jack Reed, last elected 2008; Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, last elected 2006
Signature Requirement: 15% of voters in last election for the Senator
Circulation Time: 90 Days
Type of Recall Election: Simultaneous with General Election
Constitutional Provision: Article IV Section 1
Authorized in the case of a general officer who has been indicted or informed against for a felony, convicted of a misdemeanor, or against whom a finding of probable cause of violation of the code of ethics has been made by the ethics commission.
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News & Commentary
Four Face Recall in Rhode Island Town over Gun Law | 12/09/13
EXETER -- This sleepy town of 6,000 doesn't have a police department, and the only firearm violence tends to be directed at deer. Its biggest controversies usually stem from the local animal shelter or noise from the town pub.
It's an unusual place for a debate over gun control.
Yet this rural community 30 minutes south of Providence has become the latest place where officials are facing consequences for proposals to change gun laws.
Four of the five council members are now the subject of a recall election to be held Dec. 14 after they angered local gun owners with an idea to tweak the way the town issues concealed weapon permits.
Rhode Island Town Moves Toward Recalls over Gun Issue | 10/16/13
EXETER -- Four Town Council members could lose their jobs as a result of a recall petition drive. What started as a dispute over who issues concealed carry permits for handguns is now more a vote about good government, according to the combatants.