Saturday, January 24, 2009
Yaman made a point I forgot to mention here. The Constitutional requirements are:
1) The Senate has to set the election date the first meeting after the petition is accepted, and
2) The recall must be held within two Senate meetings after the date is set.
Strictly speaking, as long as the Senate sets an election date, and a recall takes place before the second Senate meeting after that, the Constitution is satisfied. If you wanted to get really pedantic, you could point out that the election actually taking place on the date the Senate sets is not a Constitutional requirement.
I mention that because if, as previously suggested, the election is physically impossible to pull off on Monday/Tuesday, the only Constitutional approach is to keep the Senate from meeting until the election takes place.
Now, I suggested this to a few Senators last Wednesday, who laughed the idea off as ridiculous, but they may not have a choice.
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