Wednesday, April 23 2014, 09:23 AM MDT
What Does It Take To Recall Elected Officals
(KUTV) Most people are not happy with congress, which has raised the good question: is there a way to fire our elected officials, outside of an election?
An Associated Press survey found that the approval rating for congress dipped to just 5 percent, the lowest ever in the history of the historically disliked governing body.
It all prompted Tim from Green River to write me asking: "given the current political stale mate, what would it take to recall the elected officials in congress?"
Associate professor of political science at Weber State University, Gary Johnson who says, realistically, getting a member of congress kicked out is not going to happen.
Members of congress can be censured and in extreme cases even expelled by a vote of their branch of congress, but it is an extremely rare occurrence.
Despite the unpopularity of congress, statistically, incumbent members of congress win re-election about 95 percent of the time.
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