Here Are the Steps to Recall a Miami-Dade Mayor, in Case Anyone Wants Them

Here Are the Steps to Recall a Miami-Dade Mayor, in Case Anyone Wants Them
Miami-Dade County Office of the Mayor

To initiate a recall vote in Miami-Dade County, one must first send a proposal to the county clerk, who must, according to county law, make sure your legal petition is up to snuff, legally speaking. You're free to try to recall any elected official in Miami, from the county property appraiser to anyone on the county commission to — oh, just for the sake of argument — the county mayor himself.

The county commission would then hold a public hearing on your proposal at the commission's next public meeting. It would behoove you to call the members of the county's highest governing body to try to convert them to your cause, whatever it might be.

From there, it would be up to you to canvas for signatures: More than 4 percent of the county's registered voters would need to sign off on the measure to ensure the idea came up for a full, public vote. You'd have 120 days to gather all of your signatures — you'd need to ensure the signatures didn't come too heavily from one district and that each one was notarized.

From there, you would then need to truck all of that paperwork to the County Supervisor of Elections. From there, the county commission would need to, according to Miami-Dade law, order the supervisor to begin counting your petitions to ensure they were all filled out properly.

Be on the lookout for some political ratfucking trickery here: After a labor-funded group of organizers delivered tens of thousands of petitions last summer to reform the city's broken campaign-finance system, the board magically decided it didn't need to count them. That move sparked a lawsuit.

If the county says you brought in enough valid signatures, congrats! The public would then vote on whether to replace the milquetoast county mayor within the next 45 to 90 days. But we don't suggest ending the fight there: Whatever mayor you recalled would certainly put up a fight and try to claim he didn't, say, capitulate to the whims of a racist American president, for example. It would take a large-scale public-relations campaign to win your fight.

We have no idea what compelled us to post these rules online today. Three cheers for civic pride!


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