This article by Joshua Spivak is published by The Hill. Here is an excerpt:
With the high profile recall against California Gov. Gavin Newsom and efforts targeting hundreds of school board members over pandemic restrictions, 2021 seemed to be the year of the recall — but the idea that this was a banner year for recalls is far from true. The stats show that 2021 may instead have been the year that broke the recall, as the measure repeatedly, and embarrassingly, flopped.
It’s perfectly reasonable to feel the recall was nearly everywhere this year. There seemed to be an explosion in threatened or attempted recalls in 2021 — more than 600 throughout the country. Since I started compiling yearly data in 2011, the highest total I had counted was in 2012, when we saw 507 attempts. In an average year, we can expect somewhere in the neighborhood of 350-450 attempts. Most notably, recalls against school board members truly exploded, at least tripling over the usual numbers.
But the threats and attempts are not the real story.
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