2010 Recall Amendment: Is Something Better Than Nothing?

An uneducated vote is a spoiled vote (Photo from Keith Bacongo/Flickr)

Heard about the recall amendment you’ll be voting on next Tuesday? Think you know how it works? So did we—until we took a closer look.

Turns out this recall amendment has a few caveats that keep it from being the beacon of reform supporters claim it is.

Unlike every other recall amendment in the U.S., ours would put the power to initiate recalling the governor in the hands of lawmakers—not citizens.

It also requires no grounds to initiate recall, so it could be used as political posturing instead of a citizen crackdown on corruption.

One of the weirdest things we found is that nothing bars the recalled governor from being on the special election ballot. This means that one party could run a successful recall campaign, and the recalled governor could run (and win) again.

All of these considerations beg the question: Is this Amendment worth the estimated $101 million it would cost to implement?

You decide. Check out a more in depth analysis of the amendment here, including a breakdown of the recall procedure it lays out.

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2 responses to “2010 Recall Amendment: Is Something Better Than Nothing?

  1. H James

    I am surprised that a corporate-backed organization such as the BGA is not throwing its weight behind this ill-conceived amendment to the Illinois Constitution. I guess BGA’s corporate donors are not backing this amendment.

    For all you citizen investigators out there, I challenge you to find out who is sponsoring the agenda of the BGA, an organization which is promoting suspicion and anger in order to gut public spaces, public services, public assets, and public power.

    BGA apparently does not hold itself to the high standards of transparency it deems appropriate for government. BGA has consistently refused to divulge its list of donors which have provided over one million dollars in funding over the past year.

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