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PA Recall Elections
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I know PA doesn't have recall elections, but with the recent politicking of Toomey and others, and Colorado already starting to move on recall elections, I was thinking:

1) What would the process be for PA to be able to hold recall elections (new law, PA constitutional amendment, etc. Unfortunately I do not know as much about this process as I should, so I'll ask.)?

2) Would this be feasible/a worthwhile effort in PA?

3) Do we as a group want to try to make this happen in PA?

Thoughts...
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#3
There should be a recall process and it should be difficult and take some time however once enough signitures are collected the person shouldnt be allowed to vote until the election has taken place.
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#4
I agree that the process should be long and intentional... maybe show how the person's actions violate the CotUS or PA Constitution?

Although, seeing as how only two other people responded to this here... and we were pretty much all pissed at Toomey, I don't see this gaining much, if any, traction in PA. Undecided
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rmagill;101198 Wrote:I know PA doesn't have recall elections, but with the recent politicking of Toomey and others, and Colorado already starting to move on recall elections, I was thinking:

1) What would the process be for PA to be able to hold recall elections (new law, PA constitutional amendment, etc. Unfortunately I do not know as much about this process as I should, so I'll ask.)?

2) Would this be feasible/a worthwhile effort in PA?

3) Do we as a group want to try to make this happen in PA?

Thoughts...

I've heard it would require amending the PA constitution, but I can't point you to anything specific on the subject.
I am not a lawyer.
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#6
ExcelToExcel;101219 Wrote:once enough signitures are collected the person shouldnt be allowed to vote until the election has taken place.

Bad idea.

The state can't make rules for the US Congress. Either we send the individual or we don't. If they're sent, they're seated and vote until such time as they are duly removed.

You can get enough signatures to recall a ham sandwich. Unlike elections, they're not really authenticated.

I have no interest whatsoever in PA giving up its voting status in the US Senate, even temporarily, on the strength of a mere petition.
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twency;103319 Wrote:
rmagill;101198 Wrote:I know PA doesn't have recall elections, but with the recent politicking of Toomey and others, and Colorado already starting to move on recall elections, I was thinking:

1) What would the process be for PA to be able to hold recall elections (new law, PA constitutional amendment, etc. Unfortunately I do not know as much about this process as I should, so I'll ask.)?

2) Would this be feasible/a worthwhile effort in PA?

3) Do we as a group want to try to make this happen in PA?

Thoughts...

I've heard it would require amending the PA constitution, but I can't point you to anything specific on the subject.

It just occurred to me that you're talking about recalling United States Senators, not state officeholders. That would require amending the U.S. Constitution since the seventeenth amendment provides that U.S. Senators shall serve "for six years".
I am not a lawyer.
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twency;103420 Wrote:
twency;103319 Wrote:I've heard it would require amending the PA constitution, but I can't point you to anything specific on the subject.

It just occurred to me that you're talking about recalling United States Senators, not state officeholders. That would require amending the U.S. Constitution since the seventeenth amendment provides that U.S. Senators shall serve "for six years".

Good point. Somehow I didn't make that connection... I think I really need to trim my schedule. Tongue

How about for PA... for example, our current AG.
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rmagill;103850 Wrote:
twency;103420 Wrote:It just occurred to me that you're talking about recalling United States Senators, not state officeholders. That would require amending the U.S. Constitution since the seventeenth amendment provides that U.S. Senators shall serve "for six years".

Good point. Somehow I didn't make that connection... I think I really need to trim my schedule. Tongue

How about for PA... for example, our current AG.

I think that would require amending the PA constitution since IIRC it contains no provision other than impeachment for the removal of such an elected official from office.
I am not a lawyer.
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