This year was a great year for recalls, and now we have some numbers to back it up. There were at least 151 recalls in 2011. Here's my Los Angeles Times article discussing the totals, and below are some more key facts from the recalls.
As a whole, the recalls were clearly very successful -- 85 officials bounced, with 76 officials voted out and nine officials resigning from office in the face of recalls. This figure is especially striking compared to the fact that the incumbent reelection rate in the US is at least over 75%. Some other interesting facts:
- Recalls were held in 17 states, in 73 separate jurisdictions.
- The state with most was Michigan, with at least 31 recalls.
- 30 mayors faced recalls.
- 17 recalls were school boards.
- 11 were state legislators (by far the record -- the previous high was 3 in one year).
- 52 were city councilmembers.
- One local prosecutor, York, Nebraska County Attorney, faced a recall.
- 34 jurisdictions held recalls on multiple days.
- Three jurisdictions adopted the recall
The biggest day was November 8, with 26 recalls.
The reasons for recalls are all over the map. As regular readers of the blog know, I am very dismissive of the idea that the economic downturn is wholly to blame for the recall explosion. In fact, technology is playing a very large role in the expansion of the recall.
As for this Blog -- 700+ posts later, we're still going strong.
In the face of the "Bermuda Triangle" nature of the recall, with this continue? It certainly will, at least for next year. There are well over 100 recall petitioning campaigns out there, including a likely recall against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. And there have already been 22 recalls elections scheduled for 2012.