U.S. Constitution Amendment Proposal
When people vote, they are in essence giving their entrusting the candidate to perform their duties well and make decisions that favor the voters. A recall option will ensure that citizens are given their rights to make decision on who should represent them and who should not. It is important to note that the power to vote is guaranteed by the Constitution and this right includes placing an individual in office or recalling them. The Fifteenth Amendment declares, "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude (and that) The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation" (USConstitution.net, 2011). Section 3 of Amendment 14, is a proof that the Constitution can be amended to give the citizens the right to recall a person who in their opinion is not giving priority to their interests. The section sums up that a member of “State legislature, or as an Executive or Judicial officer of any State, should not take part in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof” (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010). If such a case is identified in a person, then the officer can be recalled, but only through the votes of the Congress. Indeed, this same action can be of great benefit to the American citizens, as it will show respect for the Constitution and rule of the law.
It is acceptable that officers with poor records of accomplishment should not be allowed to continue enjoying their stay in office. Therefore, in order to maintain ethics in the elective office as well as the electoral process, the option of recall would be appropriate. As a result, amending the constitution means that elected officials will give the electorate what they ask for. This, they will do for fear of being recalled. Although not many people might accept the amendment, the American citizens will have an opportunity to demand accountability on the people they elect since it “depends on what the voters will put up with” (Mount 2010, p. 114). Indeed, officers will bring about more good to society since they would open minded about the need of the electorate. Therefore, more efforts would be directed to issues that have a direct effect of the voters. According to (Mount 2010), the officers in the legislative branch, executive branch or judicial branch would spend more time doing what the citizens want instead of addressing their personal interest. At the end of their term, the officers would be more interested in fighting for their positions or political careers on the records of accomplishment that can be verified by the voters easily.
Another benefit of the recall option is that it gives the voters the right to exercise control over the elected officials. If citizens can determine that an elected person is not performing as per their expectations, then the option of recall should be vested on the citizen. Politicians are keen to give hopes or things they would fix once in office. However, over the years they renege on their promises and seldom deliver. Having the recall option would allow responsibility in the office. This is because, the same officer will be held responsible for their action of saying or giving promises and honoring them. Indeed, halfway through their term, if there is no proof of any achievement of promises being met, the voters should go to the elections to determine the fate of such officers. As a result, such a recall would be an effective tool for cracking down on non-performers and retaining those who give the interest of citizens a high priority (Mount, 2001).