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It should be easier to recall elected officials

February 27, 2014
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

What causes voter apathy? I have voted for President Nixon, a Republican, who was honorable enough to resign rather than put our country through an impeachment process. I voted to change the voting age from 21 to 18 years old, advocated the end to the draft and an end to the LBJ Democrat Party's Viet Nam War. I believe after many years our vote became irrelevant and that politicians' behaviors encourage apathy, however, politicians will espouse that they want us to vote.

The apathetic voter's perception is powerlessness, corrupt activity, and no accountability for fraud or political lies spewed by candidates. I reviewed the Florida Statutes for recall of public servants and the law is intentionally difficult and expensive. Reality is; the recall law is impossible to implement. As we all know, the Federal law does not permit citizens to recall or impeach congress or the President. Politicians choose to remain in power, proceed with their increases in our debt ceiling and continue to be unaccountable for their actions because they can.

It is our responsibility to hold our government accountable. It is my suggestion that if we want a responsive, responsible, and representative governments then we need to proceed to amend the Florida recall statute. The current law requires 15 percent signatures of voters on petitions with a 30-90 day timeframe, and a filing fee of 10 cents per signature to place the recall question on the ballot. The law makes it expensive for citizens, unattainable and allows for only a few causes for a recall.

Do you want limited government? Accountability? A responsive and representative government? Do you want power in your vote? Protest words have little or no power or meaning to government. Proceed with action and amend this law by citizen initiative. Make voting powerful. Place a citizen favored recall amendment on the state ballot and limit government. However, Cape Coral citizens can amend the city charter now to limit their local government with a charter provision placed on the ballot in 2014 that makes local recall easier.

Jack Mattachione, MRC

Cape Coral



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