Will Tamarac recall efforts survive court?

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By Buddy Nevins, BrowardBeat.com (Feb. 14, 2013) - Recalls – the attempt to toss an elected official from office – usually fails when it reaches the courthouse.

This time Tamarac voters have a real chance of driving a city commissioner from office even if it ends up in court. They may really accomplish what so many other Broward voters have failed to do – successfully recall an elected.

The first step in recalling Commissioner Patte Atkins-Grad has passed.  Recall supporters presented the Tamarac City Clerk’s Office on Wednesday with 1,468 signed petitions.

Historically the petitions don’t count. Judges and not voters decide recalls.

Politicians have traditionally sued to block their recall.  Once in court, recall supporters have had trouble proving that politicians were guilty of recallable offenses — misfeasance, malfeasance or nonfeasance.

Usually they are only guilty of voting for unpopular measures.

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Note:  The opinions expressed by Buddy Nevins are strictly his own.  Nevins has been a South Florida journalist for over 40 years.  His columns appeared in the Fort Lauderdale News and then the Sun-Sentinel.  Nevins now writes for his own website, www.browardbeat.com. 

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