View Poll Results: Should we be allowed to recall congressman?

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  • Yes, we should be allowed to hold a popular vote whenever we want and recall them

    12 42.86%
  • Yes, we should be allowed to repeal them at special preset elections

    6 21.43%
  • Yes, we should implement a form of accountability other than voting them out of office prematurely

    4 14.29%
  • Yes, we should have an electronic election via cell phones or the internet whenever we want

    1 3.57%
  • Yes, we should have a protest, and if "x" number of people sign the congressman is recalled

    5 17.86%
  • No, however we should implement some form of accountability other than removing them from office

    4 14.29%
  • No, under no circumstance should we recall a congressman

    8 28.57%
  • Other (please explain)

    3 10.71%
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    Should we be allowed to recall congressman?

    Should the people be allowed to cut short a congressman's term and recall him if his/her district no longer supports them? There are many congressman (the majority in my opinion) that run their campaign on talking points but don't deliver when they are sent to Washington. Congressman are supposed to represent their constituents and are servants to the people (not the other way around). There are many who are upset with candidates running on political platforms and doing the opposite when they are sent to Washington, their campaigns are a lie and they'll do anything to get that seat of power they are campaigning for. So I ask this question, should we be able to hold our elected congressman accountable to their constituents by being able to vote them out of office before their term is over? Should we have some way of removing them from power if they betray their constituents? I know many conservatives who are upset with RINOs and many Democrats who run on conservative values but betray them when they win the election. I don't know of any liberals who were sent to congress and betrayed liberal constituents (although I am sure there are some). Essentially, we see more and more loyalty to party ties and less and less loyalty to the people and the constitution. I believe we should have something in place to keep the congressman accountable to the people and not to their party. However, what method we should use I am unsure of. What do you all think?

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    Re: Should we be allowed to recall congressman?

    I don't think so. What you are effectively talking about is a vote of no confidence, which exists primarily in parliamentary forms of government, which holds irregular elections.

    While Congress may be unpopular from time to time, it is at least stable. It prevents constituents from voting based on the spurs of the moment. We have elections on a regular basis and have so since our government was formed. I don't want to muck that up.

    If constituents are really against an incumbent, they'll vote them out of office in the next election.

    Instead, I think all Representatives and Senators should be forced to have an ombudsman who stays at the Congressman's office in their home district or state and serve as a go-between for the Congressman and for the Congressman's constituency. This way, while our Congressmen are away in Washington, D.C., our constituents can maintain their pipeline to their federal representatives.

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    Re: Should we be allowed to recall congressman?

    But what about those that outright lie to voters in order to get a seat? Many run on false principals and essentially were elected to misrepresent the people. If our views are supposed to be reflected by our congressman shouldn't we hold them accountable in some form? Essentially if we vote someone in who lied through their whole campaign we are stuck with them for a full term while the congressman can vote and have his term's "job security." In my district we have a retiring Democrat, and he doesn't represent out views because he is retiring and decides to vote along party lines. Should we not be able to hold them accountable with the power we give them?

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    Re: Should we be allowed to recall congressman?

    I want to say yes, but I think it is fraught with too many problems. Congressional approval rates can be influenced by things outside of an actual congressman's control. Senator's are only there max 6 years, rep's 2 years. I think simply voting them out at the end of their term is good enough.

    The more I think about it, the more potential for abuse I see. The party not in power in a state would constantly be pushing for recalls at every opportunity. The cost and disruption would just be too great.
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    Re: Should we be allowed to recall congressman?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I want to say yes, but I think it is fraught with too many problems. Congressional approval rates can be influenced by things outside of an actual congressman's control. Senator's are only there max 6 years, rep's 2 years. I think simply voting them out at the end of their term is good enough.

    The more I think about it, the more potential for abuse I see. The party not in power in a state would constantly be pushing for recalls at every opportunity. The cost and disruption would just be too great.
    True, but what about having national reviews of congressman and possibly giving them a timetable to represent the people? Essentially what I am wanting to prevent is congressman who run on one thing and forget about it when they are in Washington and having people be stuck with them for a full term. I think congressman aren't accountable to the people and that's why we see so much corruption and partisanship in D.C.

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    Re: Should we be allowed to recall congressman?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    True, but what about having national reviews of congressman and possibly giving them a timetable to represent the people? Essentially what I am wanting to prevent is congressman who run on one thing and forget about it when they are in Washington and having people be stuck with them for a full term. I think congressman aren't accountable to the people and that's why we see so much corruption and partisanship in D.C.
    They have to run for regular re-election. That is accountability.
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    Re: Should we be allowed to recall congressman?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    They have to run for regular re-election. That is accountability.
    But what if they get bribes and special deals or are promised appointments for voting in a partisan way? Plus they have job security until their next election which is years away. What I am getting at is that people vote for them and they betray their voters, there should be a way to keep them accountable outside of re-election every couple of years.

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    Re: Should we be allowed to recall congressman?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    But what if they get bribes and special deals or are promised appointments for voting in a partisan way? Plus they have job security until their next election which is years away. What I am getting at is that people vote for them and they betray their voters, there should be a way to keep them accountable outside of re-election every couple of years.
    Bribes and provable corruption is a separate issue, and should it be provable, should result not just removal from office, but full prosecution.
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    Re: Should we be allowed to recall congressman?

    My god a congressmen only serves for 2 freakin years, by the time the legal process went through and new vote called for the district the next election cycle would have arrived.


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    Re: Should we be allowed to recall congressman?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Bribes and provable corruption is a separate issue, and should it be provable, should result not just removal from office, but full prosecution.
    I agree, but there are "legal" ways to bribe someone. Like behind closed doors promising a candidate an ambassadorship or a cabinet appointment if they vote a certain way. We may not have to remove them from office, but what I want to do is have them accountable to the people? What about the idea of having the state voters vote on a piece of legislation that could essentially null their congressman's vote if he is voting against the people?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    My god a congressmen only serves for 2 freakin years, by the time the legal process went through and new vote called for the district the next election cycle would have arrived.


    For senators I could see the value but not for congressmen
    My vote is geared to all congressman and senators. I should have added "senators" to my OP, sorry about that. Regardless, isn't it still wrong even if it's just a 2 year term? They run on one thing but vote another way. We have corruption because they aren't held accountable to the people they are to serve.

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