Did you know that Pennsylvania is one of the few states in the U.S. that does not allow for a recall of an elected official? This means that if an elected official does not stand up the the requirements of the job, he or she can continue on without any challenge from the people. 88% of Pennsylvanians favor allowing for a recall election to remove politicians who are not doing their job against just 10% opposed. But are our lawmakers listening to the public?
Similarly, 86.6% of Pennsylvanians favor a process where citizens can place proposed government policies on the ballot for a vote without going through the state legislature, against only 11.2% opposed. In addition, 87.3% favor a process where citizens can vote on whether to accept or repeal laws enacted by the state legislature, something 24 other states currently enjoy. 10% disagree. Do the lawmakers seek to add this process? Not so far. There is a trend building here.
Once more, we see that 86.5% favor a law requiring that elected officials to resign from their current office when they decide to seek election to a different office, with only 11.6% opposed. We need to keep public option alive in our democracy and keep our leaders accountable.
Find your lawmakers here. Let them know that you want them to listen to their constituency from now on.
Read the poll here for your self (PDF)