SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
It's difficult to swallow the idea that Progressive era governor Hiram Johnson would have countenanced the idea that the recall system he championed could allow a minority of voters to throw out a governor who recently was elected with 62 percent of the votes cast.
by James Thornton Harris
The particularities of California's recall process create a dangerous situation where a minority of voters can choose the state's chief executive.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
by Ron Brownstein
California's Recall law can allow a relatively small number of petitioners to initiate a recall of an elected official, and for that official to be removed even if he or she gets more votes than any alternative candidate. This isn't what the Progressive Era architects of the law intended, says San Jose State historian Glen Gendzel.
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