The Constitutional Right of Recall

The Constitutional Right of Recall

Key Quote

“The recall provisions in the Wisconsin Constitution are a right possessed by the people of Wisconsin.  The Wisconsin Constitution intentionally places this right in the hands of the public, and it is intentionally left unbounded.  To interpret this right to be limited solely to conduct which would also constitute grounds for impeachment would be to eviscerate the right.  Such a result would not only be duplicative of the separate impeachment provisions of the Wisconsin Constitution, it would also limit the ability of the voters of Wisconsin to exercise their sovereign power in any form other than by casting a vote every few years in a regularly scheduled election. One likely result of the removal or limitation of the possibility of a recall would be to make elected officials less accountable to the public and to amplify the influence wielded by lobbyists and corporate donors during the interval in between elections.”

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Posted on

November 1, 2019