- Associated Press - Friday, March 1, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A Republican state lawmaker wants to create a process to recall elected officials who disappoint voters after taking office.

New Mexico state Rep. Bill Rehm of Albuquerque on Thursday proposed a constitutional amendment to allow recall elections. In midterm elections last year, Democrats consolidated control of all statewide elected offices.

Triggering a recall election would take a signature petition from one-quarter of the number of people who voted in the original election. A valid petition would result in a recall vote within 90 days.

New Mexico has no provisions for recalling officeholders.

Rehm says he wants to increase accountability among officeholders. Constitutional amendments require a vote of a majority of all legislators and a statewide vote.



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