Election Officials Eye May 8 for Recall Primaries, June 5 for General Election

The Government Accountablity Board says recalls against four Republican senators can move forward; 25,495 of the roughly 931,000 Gov. Walker recall petition signatures — not 1 million — have been struck.

Election officials are homing in on an early June general election for Wisconsin’s next wave of recall votes.

The state Government Accountability Board, the non-partisan agency that oversees elections, met Monday to discuss , but also to settle issues surrounding recall efforts against Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.

While the dates aren’t definitive, the GAB is eyeing a June 5 general election date, with primaries on May 8.

The board won't formally approve the dates until petitions against Walker and Kleefisch are verified, as it wants to schedule all summer recalls for the same day. However, the dates still require the approval of a Dane County judge before moving forward.

On Monday, the board voted unanimously to ask a Dane County judge for an 11-day extension for vetting Walker and Kleefisch recall petitions — a change from Friday, when GAB Director .

In late January, Dane County Judge Richard Niess granted the GAB 61 days to vet petitions, ending March 19. Under state law, the GAB originally had 31 days to review the petitions.

Under the current deadline, a primary would occur on May 8 and general election on May 29.

A hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday in Dane County Circuit Court before Judge Niess, where he will rule on the board’s request.

A recall election must be held on the Tuesday six weeks after the officials certify that the petitions to be valid and orders a recall, according to state statues.

The four state Republican senators targeted for recall issued legal challenges regarding validity of signatures, which election officials denied. Within the challenges, the lawmakers asked the GAB incorporate the findings the , and consider any challenges to the petitions the group would file.

Election officials have already said they would not accept third-party challenges offered by Walker, but say they are interested in reviewing the group's results for instances of possible fraud.

The effort to recall Walker began on Nov. 15, with organizers having 60 days to collect a little more than 540,000 signatures.

With great fanfare organizers claimed to have , but Kennedy said on Monday the actual total was 931,042.

Election workers have struck 25,495 signatures thus far, leaving 905,547.

In addition, GAB staff has eliminated 29,125 signatures from the 842,860 submitted by Kleefisch recall organizers, still leaving 813,735.

morninmist March 17, 2012 at 10:34 AM
Galloway resigns, Prosser ethics complaint filed, TeaGOP loses control of Senate, John Doe investigation= Walker's wheels are falling off. It is people vs the money now!! DefeatVos ‏ @DefeatVos "The wheels coming off Scott Walker's car..." - John Nichols http://on.msnbc.com/xncoCn #wiunion @wegoted @edshow http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45755822/ns/msnbc_tv-the_ed_show/#46766560
Bucky March 17, 2012 at 09:13 PM
It's another Great Day is Wisconsin ... Mist.
morninmist March 18, 2012 at 11:52 PM
I missed the show today but this is very interesting interview today: http://www.politiscoop.com/us-politics/wisconsin-politics/820-train-wreck-averted-senator-carpenter-speaks-on-mining.html ..........Gousha : "let me jump in on that 17-16 vote - and the story goes that it came to the floor for a vote because they had been assured you were going to vote YES on the measure, that you would vote for the JFC version of the mining reform legislation. Did you ever tell anybody you were going to vote for that piece of legislation?" Carpenter: “ I always told them I would be very interested in a bill that took care of the some of the interests of Milwaukee, the manufacturing base, job training, the welders that are needed for this process. I also was told there were negotiations, serious negotiations that were going on over the weekend beforehand with Sen. Schultz and Senator Jauch, I was told that neither Shultz nor Jauch were talked to by the Governor and other folks and one of the ideas was, there would be, movement on several fronts, and just before the vote took place on the adoption of the JFC version which was 189 pages, it was slapped down before us, just before the vote and so to me there was a lot of... I think if the Governor, like Tommy Thompson, would have stepped forward, there would have been something ironclad to work out, gone to the floor and we wouldn't be in this situation and the bill would have passed....
Mike in OC March 19, 2012 at 05:16 AM
sounds to me like Carpenter is a coward.... just like Larson.
morninmist March 19, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Never trust the TeaGOP to tell the truth Bring on the elections! ........................ StandUp4People ‏ @StandUpWis Sen Galloway admits 2 WPR that #WIrecall played significant part in her resignation #WIpolitics #ReclaimWI #WIunion #recallwalker #Wisconsin


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