If the people of a state feels a Senator or Representative are not doing the job they were elected to do by the that said state, do the people of said state have any recourse in removing that person before the term is up?

  • @AndrewLazarus, To recall is not the same thing as to remove.
    – agc
    Jan 9 '19 at 7:32
  • @agc Please explain what you think is the difference between remove and recall. Jan 9 '19 at 16:10
  • @AndrewLazarus, The verb remove is more definite in referring to specific outcome, rather than a possible one, and more abstract in encompassing all the methods of possible removal, whether it be a successful or a failed recall, an impeachment, tar and feathering, etc. Example: if Gov. Foughbarre is removed from office, he's no longer governor -- but if Foughbarre is recalled or impeached, he might survive and remain in office.
    – agc
    Jan 9 '19 at 20:37
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    @agc, in those jurisdictions that permit it, recall (unlike impeachment, which is analogous to an indictment) effects immediate removal. If recalled, Gov. Foughbarre is removed from office, e.g., CA and Gray Davis. Recall is the name for the mechanism by which voters effect removal. Expulsion is how bodies remove their own members. In the context of the question, remove and recall are equivalent, unless you want to quibble that the OP could also consider assassinating his Senator as a method of removal. Jan 9 '19 at 21:30

They would have to hope that that representative or senator was impeached, or attempt to place pressure on them to resign. They can not be recalled, as the Constitution does not permit this.

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    There's no need to impeach a senator or representative; the Senate and the House can unilaterally expel members without needing to get the other chamber involved.
    – phoog
    Jan 9 '19 at 6:34

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