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Pros and Cons

Supporters of the recall process believe it provides a way for citizens to exercise control over elected officials who fail to represent their constituents’ best interests, or who are unresponsive or incompetent. This view maintains that an elected representative is an agent or a servant of their constituents, not their master.

Opponents argue that recalls can lead to an excess of democracy: That the threat of a recall election lessens the independence of elected officials; undermines the principle of electing good officials and giving them a chance to govern; and can be abused by well-financed special interest groups and give them undue influence over the political process.

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NCSL Election Resources

The NCSL elections team provides a variety of resources on election issues, including but not limited to 50-state surveys on state laws, legislation databases, a monthly elections newsletter, enactment summaries and other publications.

What Happens Now That Biden Is No Longer in the Race?

With the announcement that President Joe Biden has withdrawn from the presidential race, the question becomes, what happens now that he is no longer on the ballot? Strictly speaking, Biden wasn’t yet on the ballot. So, the answer from an administrative viewpoint is—not much.

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