Nineteen states currently allow citizens to recall state officials and if a new group has its way, Ohio may become the 20th.

According to Portia Boulger of “Recall Protects Us All”, volunteers will begin collecting petition signatures for a ballot initiative that would amend the Ohio Constitution to provide citizens the right to a recall referendum of all elected officials other than judges.

The right of recall by citizens is not a new issue. Similar calls for recall power were voiced during the previous Governor’s administration, even prompting a Recall Ted Strickland Facebook group.

But the recent anti-union actions of Ohio’s Republicans have spurred renewed interest in providing this power to Ohioans, prompting State Reps Bob Hagan and Mike Foley to introduce similar recall legislation last April.

The authors of this ballot initiative want to clear that their amendment is not aimed at any individual politician and it’s not focused on one specific issue. The goal, according to Committee member Mark Cleland, is to “put the power in the people’s hands.” “Ohio’s citizens are frustrated with the attacks on their entire community from education, the elderly, right to work, women, the poor, and minorities. It’s time to protect Ohio citizens”, says Paula Garfield.

Ms. Boulger sums up the purpose of the proposed amendment: “When elected officials at all levels of government do not support or legislate and vote the will of at least the simple majority of their constituents, the electorate must have the authority to fire them.”

Collecting signatures for ballot initiatives is typically expensive business. But volunteer efforts can and have been successful. Regardless of how you feel about Chris Littleton’s Tea Party-driven, anti-health care initiative last year, it should serve as a lesson: don’t discount a dedicated group of motivated volunteers willing to put in long hours for a cause they truly believe in. With enough time and a little luck, they just might surprise you.

You can follow Recall Protects Us All on Facebook

  • Let me know where I can sign. What % of the electorate are we going to base it on?

  • Dmoore2222

    I’m in!

  • Mark, it’s Paula..I will connect you with our facebook page group and we will hook u up to sign…thank u for your support..I will have petitions and will be collecting signatures beginning Tuesday March 20th, 2012. Please ask to join Recall protects us all on facebook.

  • Mark? u r added…

  • The FB page is down Monday 4:45.

  • u can not sign on line..go to Recall protect us all group page n portia can hook u up on where to sign..

  • recall protects us all group page fb

  • Petitions have hit in most Ohio counties today…others will receive by weds…please go to Recall protects us all group page on facebook.,..u can contact Portia, Mark or myself n we;ll hook u up to sign in ur county..

  • I believe its 15% Mark

  • Troysteelerfan

    How can I sign up to circulate the petitions in Miami County?

  • thank u for postn link Plunderbund..n thanku for covering our story…to protect all ohioans…

  • link to group page is in yellow on it, it will take u there

  • link to group page is below..scroll down , click on link will take u to group page…Mark or Portia will hook u up..thank u so much…

  • Mark44515

     Troysteelersfan, I can be  be contacted on my facebook page and you can send me you Name, Address, City and e-mail address so that we can make sure that you can get a petition.  Just to let you know my petition are already all gone in my county and more and more people are contacting us. so as Paula said you can contact, Paula, Portia or my self on facebook.
    Thank you for your intrest.

  • Retrofuturistic

    Awesome.  I want to support this.  Cannot get to Facebook page though….

  • Mark u can sign this Cleveland..thx

  • Portia A. Boulger

    Thanks!  Please call me at 740-703-8650 so we can make arrangements.

  • Portia A. Boulger
  • Portia A. Boulger

     Great! In what county do you live? Want to make arrangements for you to sign. Will you circulate a petition?

  • Portia A. Boulger
  • Portia A. Boulger

    Thank you so much for the excellent article. Plunderbund ROCKS!

  • Portia A. Boulger

     Hello Ron, Are you willing to help collect signatures? Please email me at so we can make arrangements for you to get a petition.

  • Doubleguns

    Sure could have used this to remove “Shoddy” Brown and Strickland but I guess we can use it on a lot of the elected school officials that think robbing us blind is so wonderful.



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