How To Recall Politicians… If You’re Curious
It seems like a year since people cried foul on the CIP tax spending in the days after it was adopted. Frustrations were loud on social media about it. Then, your local elected officials were seemingly blessed with coronavirus concerns. Trash pickup and your water bill has been tossed in the mix... Skip forward to now, and it appears that people aren't going to go quietly into the night with the ever-changing newly adopted rules that are coming out of these special sessions. Making mask mandates, flip flopping on it, then going ahead. Realizing their mistakes and trying to fix them. Forcing new rules on businesses, granted, it's better than closing businesses again I suppose. I personally wouldn't call it tyranny, but that isn't stopping the loudest of the citizens on social media from saying it. Many more are tossing out words and phrases like "overstepping" and "going too far." It's slowly becoming a thing.
People are reaching a fever pitch in their ire towards our local city government, maybe it's time to introduce a little chaos. Why not a recall?
With that out of the way, there is good news. While you can't recall a state official in Oklahoma, you are free to do so at the local level. Norman is in the process of doing this with fervent speed since they announced their mask mandate. All it takes is a few signatures, you'd have to find out through the city attorney just how many signatures it's going to take.
All in all, in Oklahoma, a successful petition to recall a local official requires signatures from as little as 5% of of the registered voters. Some cities (OKC) have pushed these numbers as high as 25%, but again, I can't find a concrete stat for Lawton.
While I have no dog in this fight, I've been masked up since March so I can continue to see my grandma, but I see people speaking out as if they're victims, and that's the true worrisome aspect of this legislation. If you're upset, you need to remember that you aren't a "civilian" that has to just sit by and take it from a few people that think they're more important that you... you are a citizen and you have all the power over those you've elected into office. If you want change, make change happen. It will be a challenge, but if history has taught us anything, absolutely nothing is impossible for the will of the American people.