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GAB memo: Recall election in early June


MADISON (WSAU) It appears that the expected recall elections against Governor Scott Walker and other Republican officials will take place in early June. In a memo, the state Government Accountability Board said it could schedule the primaries as early as May first, and general elections as early as May 29th. But they’ll need to give local clerks enough time to finish all the paperwork from Wisconsin’s presidential primary and the local elections, both of which will be held on April third. And the Board would prefer not to hold a recall vote on May 29th, which is the day after Memorial Day.

The Board has until March 19th to review the petitions, and determine if there are enough valid signatures to hold recall votes against Walker, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, and four Republican state senators. But the agency says it will ask a judge to extend the deadline. Walker’s campaign said this week it would not challenge any petition signatures, because the courts didn’t give them enough time to review them all. And yesterday, Kleefisch said the same thing. Both have asked the Accountability Board to keep looking for false-and-duplicate signatures, which the agency will do.

The Board said it considered using statistical sampling to determine the numbers of improper signatures on the Kleefisch petitions – but it decided to use actual tallies, just as with the other recall targets. Kleefisch and Walker have also asked that the Board accept challenges from Tea Party groups which are reviewing the signatures. But the Board says it cannot do that by law.