MADISON – United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck released the following statement in response to the introduction of Assembly Joint Resolution 25 and Senate Joint Resolution 24, a Republican-backed bill calling for a constitutional amendment limiting the grounds under which Wisconsin citizens can recall elected officials
“Republican legislators are introducing this politically-motivated constitutional amendment in order to shield themselves from being held accountable for their most egregious public policy overreaches
“The right to recall is enshrined in our state constitution as the only mechanism that allows Wisconsin citizens to take immediate direct action against elected officials who violate the public trust through either legislative or criminal action.
“The recall process is vital to ensuring legislators adequately represent the best interests of Wisconsin citizens. Absent a statewide ballot initiative process, such as a ‘Peoples’ Veto,’ to demand direct repeal of laws that violate the public’s interest, Wisconsin’s recall process is essential to the preservation of our democracy.
“Coupled with an unfair and likely illegal redistricting process, attempts to eliminate same-day registration and limit absentee voting, and passage of an unconstitutional voter ID law, this is the latest attack by Republicans on the core principles of our democracy. Limiting the right to recall elected officials is a clear case of legislators working to protect their own interests and putting themselves ahead of the people of Wisconsin.”
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United Wisconsin is an independent, grassroots organization of citizens restoring the Wisconsin tradition of democracy in action. For more information, visit our website at www.unitedwisconsin.com.