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Unhappy Public Resorting To Recalls

Wednesday, Apr. 20, 2011

In an unprecedented move, the United States Conference of Mayors has issued a video documenting the increase in what it calls “recall fever.”

The 15-minute film highlights recent recall campaigns against the mayors of Akron, Chattaooga, and Omaha. Although these efforts were unsuccessful, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez was removed from office by an overwhelming margin.

While the video looks at what prompts a recall campaign (raising taxes is often a key issue), it also underscores the use of social networks to reach voters. These “viral” campaigns are often conducted with few staff members and at a low cost, while the incumbent mayor must spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to defend his or her place in office.

Tags: Miami, recall, removal from office, social media, United States Conference of Mayors

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