'Recall Revolution' would give power to voters

By Jillian Marshall

April 24, 2013 Updated Apr 25, 2013 at 9:52 AM EDT

Albany, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Republican Conference of the state Assembly want the public to have the power to vote out elected officials. They're calling it a "Recall Revolution."

The GOP Assembly members wants to amend the state constitution to allow recall elections.

They say, if voters don't like their elected official, they should have the power to vote them out of office during their term.

"Why should they have to wait? They figured out what's going on here. They're our bosses, we work for them," said Assemblyman James Tedisco (R-112th).

Republicans say recall elections will put the power into the hands of the taxpayers.

If approved, residents would have the ability to oust their lawmakers by collecting enough signatures and eventually getting a recall on a special election ballot.

GOP Assembly members say this will empower the most powerful people in the state: Voters.

"The voters of New York state bring us into this world. What we want to do today, is to enhance their ability to take us out of it, if they feel we've been derelict in our duties, when they feel that we haven't lived up to our obligations, and the oath we took to really represent them fully," Tedisco said.

At the press conference in Albany Wednesday, Tedisco said recall elections are legal in 19 other states, and dozens of state legislators were removed last year in 36 recall elections nationwide.

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