Are Recall Elections a Good Idea?

Advocates say recalls enhance democracy, but critics say they cause chaos.

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The recent controversy over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's budget plans spurred a round of recall elections in his state. But Wisconsin is not alone, with recalls up around the country. Advocates say recalls enhance democracy, but critics say they cause chaos.
Edited by Robert Schlesinger

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Yes

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Mike Tate
Chairman of the Wisconsin Democratic Party since 2009 and veteran state political activist

It's true that the recall election was never intended to replace our representative form of government, and it's most certainly not a tool to be used lightly. However, 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....

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No

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Tom Cochran
Chief executive officer and executive director of the United States Conference of Mayors

Not that long ago, it was rare for elected officials to face recall elections. When they did, corruption or scandal drove the voters to make an early change. Not so anymore. Elected officials today at all levels of government are defending their offices for much, much less. Instead of abusing their positions, many are doing their jobs...

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