Monday, March 14, 2011

Miami: One Vote or Two?

One of the ways that today's Miami recall is different than in Wisconsin or California is that it does not also include an automatic vote provision. What this means is that if Mayor Carlos Alvarez is removed, the city would have to either appoint someone or hold a second vote for a replacement. Alvarez used this expense as a primary argument to oppose the recall. Recall cost is a common recall defense, one that we'll examine at a later date (Dianne Feinstein used it brilliantly in 1983, Gray Davis, not so much).

On the state level, the plurality of states (9-6) go for a second vote over the instant run-off. The other four states use an appointment procedure

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