What recall elections “are supposed to be for”

In “Monroe County Wipeout“, we hope it did not escape the author that in the United States it is particularly rich for a politician to tell voters what elections, recall or otherwise, are to be used for.

Kind of ironic that a taxpayers group, arguing that the county can’t afford to spend millions on the new facility, pushes for the admittedly lower yet still wasteful cost of holding two related elections within two weeks.
“That’s not what a recall election is supposed to be used for,” a politician from a neighboring jurisdiction told me. “You’re supposed to recall them because they’re a crook, not because you disagree with them about a policy decision.”

Monroe County Wipeout“, by Alan Greenblatt, Ballot Box (Governing), October 30, 2009


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