Did you know that nine states have provisions in their constitutions for recalling elected officials, possibly including the senators and congressmen representing them in Washington?
The states include Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin. RecallCongress.org points out that Article 1, Section 2b of the New Jersey constitution says: “The people reserve unto themselves the power to recall, after at least one year of service, any elected official in this State or representing this State in the United States Congress. The Legislature shall enact laws to provide for such recall elections.”
There are a dozen incumbent senators from these nine states who are not up for re-election in 2010, but who could be if successful petition drives were mounted in their states.
RecallCongress.org is a project of the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU), which filed a brief earlier this week in New Jersey court in support of the petition drive to recall Sen. Robert Menendez, D-NJ. The petition drive was launched by the Sussex County Tea Party and the New Jersey Tea Parties United.
For more information on the New Jersey suit, including a link to the brief, go here.