The Government Accountability Board met this morning, and members agreed with a staff determination concerning a potential recall election for state Sen. Van Wanggaard.
Counting at least 19,142 valid signatures, the GAB will allow a recall election.
Recall supporters turned in almost 24,000 signatures, and 15,353 were needed to trigger an election.
Wanggaard, a Republican from Racine, represents most of Racine County, including Mount Pleasant, Sturtevant and Caledonia. He told Patch last week that he's ready for a recall election.
"I'll stand on my record of authoring or co-sponsoring bipartisan bills for Wisconsin citizens and the residents of the 21st District," he said.
Former Sen. John Lehman, whom Wanggaard defeated in November 2010, is the only challenger, so far, to announce he'll run in a recall. He issued a statement Monday praising the GAB's decision.
"Today is a day for ‘thank-‐you’s.’ In Racine, over 1,000 citizen volunteers stood in the cold because of their concerns over Sen. Wanggaard's performance. The Government Accountability Board recognized that citizen work today," he said. "With this decision, the will of at least 19,000 people who signed the recall against Van Wanggaard is recognized. I am pleased tht the GAB has certified the election and look forward to talking to the voters in the district."
Patch has a message into the GAB about when potential challengers can take out nomination papers and when those materials will need to be turned in.
The take place in May, followed by the general election in June. A Dane County judge is expected to rule this week on that proposed timeline.