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Letter to the Editor: Recall the Governor


Posted April 27, 2020


Dear Editor:


I appreciate your sentiment in regards to letter writing and asking for something to be done.  However, the time for asking the government for our liberties is over. It is time, to look at some facts and ask ourselves some questions.  


I’m aware there has been some recent legal action towards Governor Pritzker.  The success rate of going through the courts is minimal, up against the state and a billionaire.  Fortunately for the state of Illinois and its citizens we ultimately need to thank former Governor Rod Blagojevich.  Due to his illegitimate abuse of his political position, and that of many other previous Governors of this state, we now have the Constitutional power to recall the Governor.    


I know there are a lot of you who feel voiceless in this crisis but be ecstatic that your frustrations can be solved sooner than you think. Article Three of the Illinois Constitution, the one we all learned in 7th grade, discusses the election process and has an Amendment that’s been added since Governor Blagojevich has left office.   Section Seven of this document is titled: INITIATIVE TO RECALL THE GOVERNOR


(a) The recall of the Governor may be proposed by a 

petition signed by a number of electors equal in number to 

at least 15% of the total votes cast for Governor in the 

preceding gubernatorial election, with at least 100 

signatures from each of at least 25 separate counties. A 

petition shall have been signed by the petitioning 

electors not more than 150 days after an affidavit has 

been filed with the State Board of Elections providing 

notice of intent to circulate a petition to recall the 

Governor. The affidavit may be filed no sooner than 6 

months after the beginning of the Governor's term of 

office. The affidavit shall have been signed by the 

proponent of the recall petition, at least 20 members 

of the House of Representatives, and at least 10 members 

of the Senate, with no more than half of the signatures 

of members of each chamber from the same established 

political party.

    (b) The form of the petition, circulation, and 

procedure for determining the validity and sufficiency 

of a petition shall be as provided by law. If the 

petition is valid and sufficient, the State Board of 

Elections shall certify the petition not more than 100 

days after the date the petition was filed, and the 

question "Shall (name) be recalled from the office of 

Governor?" must be submitted to the electors at a 

special election called by the State Board of Elections, 

to occur not more than 100 days after certification of 

the petition. A recall petition certified by the State 

Board of Elections may not be withdrawn and another 

recall petition may not be initiated against the 

Governor during the remainder of the current term of 

office. Any recall petition or recall election pending 

on the date of the next general election at which a 

candidate for Governor is elected is moot.

    (c) If a petition to recall the Governor has been 

filed with the State Board of Elections, a person 

eligible to serve as Governor may propose his or her 

candidacy by a petition signed by a number of electors 

equal in number to the requirement for petitions for an 

established party candidate for the office of Governor, 

signed by petitioning electors not more than 50 days 

after a recall petition has been filed with the State 

Board of Elections. The form of a successor election 

petition, circulation, and procedure for determining 

the validity and sufficiency of a petition shall be as 

provided by law. If the successor election petition is 

valid and sufficient, the State Board of Elections 

shall certify the petition not more than 100 days 

after the date the petition to recall the Governor was 

filed. Names of candidates for nomination to serve as 

the candidate of an established political party must 

be submitted to the electors at a special primary 

election, if necessary, called by the State Board of 

Elections to be held at the same time as the special 

election on the question of recall established under 

subsection (b). Names of candidates for the successor 

election must be submitted to the electors at a 

special successor election called by the State Board 

of Elections, to occur not more than 60 days after 

the date of the special primary election or on a date 

established by law.

    (d) The Governor is immediately removed upon 

certification of the recall election results if a 

majority of the electors voting on the question vote 

to recall the Governor. If the Governor is removed, 

then (i) an Acting Governor determined under 

subsection (a) of Section 6 of Article V shall serve 

until the Governor elected at the special successor 

election is qualified and (ii) the candidate who 

receives the highest number of votes in the special 

successor election is elected Governor for the balance 

of the term.

(Source: Amendment adopted at general election November 

2, 2010.)


Focusing first on (a) only, “15% of the total votes cast for Governor in the preceding gubernatorial election.”  Let’s take a closer look at the actual math that would be required to recall Governor Pritzker and personally, I have to thank the good folks of Illinois, for NOT showing up for the most recent election.   Out of a state, in 2018 with 12.72 million residents reported, only 4.2 million actually voted in the 2019 gubernatorial race.  Governor Pritzker received 2,479,746 votes.  Former Governor Rauner received 1,765,751, both according to a basic internet search.  So let’s break this down to what it would actually take to recall the Governor who is crimpling the state economy.  


Only needing 15% of votes cast, is actually pretty minimal when you figure in the overall population or even if you look only at the losing votes.  Fifteen percent of 2,479,746 is only 371,962 people upset by the shutdown.  This is easily achievable. So who's running?


Jonathan Deutsch


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