2011 Miami-Dade County mayoral recall election
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The 2011 Miami-Dade County mayoral recall election was a recall election that saw the voters of Miami-Dade County, Florida vote to remove mayor of Miami-Dade County Carlos Álvarez from office.

The election was held coincidingly with a vote that also saw Miami-Dade county commissioner Natacha Seihjas also successfully recalled.[1]

In terms of population, the county was considered the largest United States municipality to recall its executive.[2][3] The county was also, at the time, the second-largest recall vote of any kind in the United States, after the 2003 California gubernatorial recall election.[4]

Months after the vote, a special election was held to fill the vacant mayoralty.[5]


The recall effort against Mayor Álvarez began in late-September 2011, shortly after the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners passed a budget which both raised property taxes and increased the salaries of county employees.[1][6] The property tax increase was harshly received by voters of the county, who were still notably reeling from the impact of the Great Recession.[7]

The recall effort was led and financially-backed by billionaire Norman Braman.[6][7][8]

Election results

2011 Miami-Dade County mayoral recall election[9]
Vote on recall Votes Percentage
checkY Yes 183,652 88.10
No 24,796 11.90
Totals 208,448 100
Voter turnout 17.20%


  1. ^ a b "Carlos Alvarez and Natacha Seijas recall, Miami-Dade County, Florida (2011)". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  2. ^ "As recall wave builds, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez first to go", Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, March 16, 2011
  3. ^ Hart, Jerry. "Miami-Dade Voters Oust Mayor Alvarez in Largest Municipal Recall". www.bloomberg.com. Bloomberg News. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  4. ^ Rabin, Charles; Pinzur, Matthew (2008-08-28), "Mayor wins, but discord detected", The Miami Herald, pp. B1
  5. ^ DeFede, Jim (12 April 2011). "Nearly A Dozen People Sign Up For Dade's Mayoral Race". miami.cbslocal.com. CBS Miami (WFOR-TV).
  6. ^ a b Tester, Hank; Hamacher, Brian (27 September 2010). "Braman Begins Recall Battle With Miami-Dade Mayor". NBC 6 South Florida. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  7. ^ a b "Miami-Dade voters recall Mayor Carlos Alvarez". www.cbsnews.com. CBS News. Associated Press. 16 March 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  8. ^ "Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez Recalled". ABC News. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  9. ^ "Dade - Election Results". results.enr.clarityelections.com. Miami-Dade County. Retrieved 6 July 2021.