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Our Founders' Warning: “Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.” (Thomas Jefferson)

Why Not Include Congressperson Recall by Electorate?

Congressperson Recall by Electorate

Congressperson could be subject to recall by electorate. This would occur as a local action and is beyond the scope of a nationwide Initiative and this Planned Amendment.

The President and/or Vice President could theoretically be subject to a recall election by nationwide vote of the Electorate. However, this would involve complex issues of succession and national security. Moreover, under Article I Sections 2 and 3 of the Constitution, the House of Representatives currently has the sole power of impeachment (the Amendment also grants that power to the People) and the Senate has the sole Power to try all impeachments. Thus, there is a functioning existing process that permits separate branches of government to resolve the issue.

Since recall is not essential to Solution of the Problems addressed in this plan, it is better to limit the Planned Amendment and omit recall of Congresspersons, the President, Vice President, and lifetime Federal Judges, rather than risk dissention over non-essential features or additions that might be addressed as constitutional amendments later.