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GAB: Recalls move forward against four state senators


MADISON (WSAU) The Wisconsin elections’ panel ordered recall elections today for four Republican state senators. The Government Accountability Board agreed that there are enough valid petition signatures to order recall votes against Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau, Terry Moulton of Chippewa Falls, and freshman lawmakers Van Wanggaard of Racine and Pam Galloway of Wausau.

The Board did not recommend a date for the elections. Officials want to hold them at the same time as those expected for Republican Governor Scott Walker and Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch. But a Dane County judge could have the final say on that.

The Board said there were about 3,800 signatures than the 15,000-plus required to seek a recall election against Wanggaard. There were 3,700 more signatures than necessary against Moulton – 2,900-hundred more than needed against Galloway – and about 1,500 more than required for a vote against Fitzgerald.

Board staffers have recommended that all recall votes take place May 15th, with primaries for those which need them. General elections are currently proposed for June 12th.

Zac Kramer of Senate’s Democratic Committee said he was pleased with today’s approval of the petitions and quote, “We hope that this will stop the frivolous attempts by the G-O-P to halt the recall elections.”