The Michigan legislature is currently considering a number of election reform bills (House Bills 6058 to 6053). Among other changes, these bills would alter Michigan’s current process for recalling elected officials. Among the changes contemplated are requiring a recall election to pit an incumbent against another candidate, limiting the recall election dates, cutting the number of days allowed for gathering recall signatures, and barring recalls in the first and last year and elected official is in office. These changes would make it more difficult to recall an elected official in Michigan.
CRC recently addressed the topic of recall in Michigan’s Recall Election Law. This paper discusses recent recall trends in Michigan, Michigan’s current recall model, and alternative models for recall.