National Affairs: Recall Falters

There is a little used piece of political machinery now present in many a state constitution. It provides that when citizens are vexed with their governor or judges or other officials, they may draw up a petition demanding a special election to oust the official in ques- tion or give him a fresh vote of confidence. As soon as a certain percentage (varying in different states between 10% and 25%) of the voters have signed the petition, the special poll is held. This is known as the recall. More than half of the states west...

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