Frederick Paper: Maryland Should Allow Recall Of Local Officials

The Frederick News-Post today ran an editorial item calling for the state legislature to enact recall laws, affecting local government officials in Maryland. They cite data from other jurisdictions that authorize the practice:

According to the website of the National Conference of State Legislatures, the law in 29 of the 50 states and the District of Columbia permits recall of local officials. Maryland is not among them. We believe it should be.

The paper goes on to argue for local legislators to champion such a bill:

[W]e urge the local delegation to craft a recall bill and introduce it in the upcoming session of the General Assembly. Maryland voters deserve the right to mount a petition to recall their elected officials. It should be a rigorous process, one that is not subject to frivolous or narrow concerns, purely political motivations, or to a small number of disgruntled residents. But the ability to pursue recall should be available if the level of discontent is high and wide and the concerns are credible.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties

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