Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Accelerating the Election in New Jersey

Interesting development.

A three-judge appellate panel ruled today that the New Jersey secretary of state must accept the tea partiers' notice of intent to recall Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and allow their joint recall committee to begin collecting the voter signatures needed to put the senator's name back on the ballot, two years before his term is supposed to end.

New Jersey is one of a handful of states that allows for the recall of its congressmen, thanks to a constitutional amendment New Jersey voters approved by a 3-to-1 margin in 1993.

Well, I think that amendment's language should be introduced in the Wisconsin legislature very soon.

1 comment:

steveegg said...

I don't believe the Elections Board ever ruled on whether the attempted recalls of Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold were legal only because the organizers failed to get to the required number of signatures.

The big question is whether the Senate, as sole judge of the elections, returns and qualifications of its members, will accept the results of a recall. After all, there is no provision in the US Constitution for the recall of a Senator (or House member, or President/Vice President).