Wednesday, June 20, 2012

New Jersey: Explanation of the recall law by drafting staffer

This is a great explanatory op-ed by Victor McDonald, the former assistant executive director for policy and planning in the Senate Republican Office, defending the political recall and explaining why New Jersey has the 25% of registered voter requirement for recalls.
The 25 percent threshold was selected for the New Jersey recall amendment because, at the time, the voters of approximately 125 municipalities already had the right to recall elected officials if 25 percent of the registered voters in those communities signed a recall petition. The right to recall existed in those municipalities because they were under the provisions of the Optional Municipal Charter Law.

I would like to find out why New Jersey chose such a high time-limit for the gubernatorial recall.

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