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Wisconsin's Elections Chief Says Recall Elections Should Be in May, June

GAB head says enough valid signatures have been collected for Senate races and wants a May 15 primary and June 12 general election for recall senators and Gov. Scott Walker.

In documents released Friday, the head of the state Government Accountability Board confirmed there are enough valid signatures gathered to force a recall election of four state senators, including Van Wanggaard (R-Racine).

In the documents released in advance of Monday's GAB meeting, Director Kevin Kennedy recommended that all recall elections — for the four Senate districts, governor and lieutenant governor — be held on the same day.

Despite formal challenges filed with the GAB, officials with the agency that oversees elections in Wisconsin reviewed the almost 24,000 signatures in that race and found that even with a good number of them excluded for various reasons, recall supporters still have more than enough to force an election.

When that election will be held remains up in the air but Kennedy and his staff are recommending that all recall primary elections be held on May 15, followed by the general election on June 12.

Those dates still need to be approved by the Government Accountability Board, which meets Monday in Madison, and a Dane County judge.

Wanggaard told Patch Friday afternoon that whatever happens, he's ready.

"If we're going to have an election, then let's have one," he said. "I'm ready and willing to stand on my record."

So far, only John Lehman, whom Wanggaard defeated in the November 2010 election, has formally declared himself a challenger.

There were 22,969 signatures verified as valid in the effort to recall Wanggaard, according to the GAB document. Wanggaard filed challenges for some signatures, including:

  • 2,404 signatures were done before the recall petitions were registered;
  • 913 signatures lacked a date;
  • 1,217 signatures couldn't match an address;
  • 13 signatures were from ineligible voters;
  • 1,733 signatures are on pages not properly certified;
  • 632 signatures appear to "be in the same handwriting;"
  • 137 signatures appeared more than once;
  • 12,935 signatures are from people who live outside the new 21st District.

Patch has not received a return message from Graeme Zielinski, communications director, for the state Democratic Party. In an e-mail to the media, GAB spokesman Reid Magney said the agency would not comment on the meeting materials.

"GAB staff will not be commenting on or giving interviews about the materials/recommendations prior to Monday’s meeting," he wrote.

mau March 09, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Bring it on. The more money they spend on the recall elections, the less money there will be to spend on the children and grandparents.
James R Hoffa March 09, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Attention Fellow Walker Backers - This Is A Call To Arms: Proudly show your support for Governor Scott Walker, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, and our fellow State Senators at a rally being held at Brookfield Square Mall on Saturday, March 24th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information on this event, brought to you by the same grassroots team that organized the highly successful 'Celebrate Walker' rally, please visit the official homepage for the event here: http://www.facebook.com/events/307338025994069/ Hope to see you all there!!!
Carl Reiche March 09, 2012 at 11:35 PM
I believe it would have been more informative to enumerate the GAB FINDINGS in your article, not the Wangaard challenges, which proved to be primarily bogus. Approximately 750 signees thrown out out of 23,712: 100 circulator missing addresses, 140 duplicate signatures, 100 addresses out of district. etc.
morninmist March 09, 2012 at 11:49 PM
All the so-called "highly successful" rallies --and out-of-state money will not save that group! But have a grand rally.
James R Hoffa March 10, 2012 at 12:06 AM
@morninmist - What can I say, I decided to take a page direct out of your book! I know you'll be attending as a closeted Walker backer! Converts such as yourself are more than welcome - and feel free to bring your friends and family as well!
Heather Asiyanbi (Editor) March 10, 2012 at 12:18 AM
@Carl - you raise a valid point. Of the 2.404 signatures challenged for signers doing it outside the proper dates, the GAB struck 117 Of the 913 signatures that lacked a date, 273 struck for not having a date. 1,217 signatures couldn't match an address; 79 struck* 13 signatures were from ineligible voters; excluded from the final tally of verified signatures and reclassified as "Remaining Challenges" 1,733 signatures are on pages not properly certified; 139 were struck* 632 signatures appear to "be in the same handwriting;" excluded 156 signatures and those were reclassified as "remaining challenges" 137 signatures appeared more than once; the GAB lists these under the same category as "in the same handwriting" 12,935 signatures are from people who live outside the new 21st District; all signatures in this category stand since the old boundaries are in effect until after the November 2012 elections or, possibly, until a judge rules on the redistricting * means that signatures not struck may or may not be part of the final tally but could also be classified as "remaining challenges."
James R Hoffa March 10, 2012 at 01:10 AM
How many signatures were struck for coming from outside the existing 21st District? I personally counted way more than 13 obvious ones myself upon glancing through the Wanggaard petitions.
Heather Asiyanbi (Editor) March 10, 2012 at 01:13 AM
@Hoffa - directly from the document: The Challenger asserts that 134 signatures belong to persons residing outside the 21st Senate District. Following staff’s first and second review of petitions, staff recommends that the Board strike 116 signatures as belonging to persons who live outside the 21st Senate District. Additionally, staff recommends that 24 of the 134 challenged signatures that were not struck during staff’s initial review, be incorporated into the “After GAB Struck” column of the attached Exhibit A-Wanggaard and included in the possible “Remaining Challenges” total.
James R Hoffa March 10, 2012 at 01:20 AM
@Heather A - Thanks - I really appreciate the info! And yet, Mr. Brandt still claims to have carefully vetted these signatures to obtain an accurate count of valid signatures! He should apologize to everyone on Patch that he deliberately lied to or intentionally misled!
Jerry Person March 10, 2012 at 02:56 PM
The convict should be arrested by then. If we had a honest US attorney he would have been. The convict must be held accountable not just kicked out in a landslide recall. The convict must pay back the billions. He was not legally elected so he must pay back the money. He cheated as the evedence shows. He just has a us attorney john vaudruel operating a walker protection rackeet. The US attorney is very very dishonest. He only persues females babys and idigent people. The fbi or the governemnt protection rackeet.
Dark Star March 10, 2012 at 10:34 PM
As an independent from Virginia, I must say that the Walker administration seems to be the most dishonest and outright corrupt state administration in the country. It isn't even close! The number of scandals and questionable actions Walker and his cronies have perpetrated on Wisconsin citizens seems endless. It is breathtaking in its scope. Wisconsin was once known for its open government and as a state which protected the rights of all of its' citizens. Walker's administration is now seen to be for sale to the highest bidders. Those bidders seem to be primarily the avaricious Koch Brothers and their political cronies who are happy to profit from Walker's plunder of Wisconsin's people and government. I'm sure many Wisconsinites already know that Walker has been spending lots of time outside your state raising big money from wealthy outside donors like the Kochs and their plutocratic cronies. Here's something you all may not know. So called "conservative" groups are blanketing the internet with misleading spin and outright lies asking for donations to support Walker. Their ridiculous claims would be laughable to a Wisconsinite, but to other right wing ideologues outside of Wisconsin the donation requests are tailored to cynically appeal to their worst fears. As an independent centrist, I really don't care whether Wisconsin has a Republican or a Democratic administration, as long as it is honest. Walker's administration doesn't meet that test on any level.
Tim Scott March 11, 2012 at 11:23 AM
morninmist might only exist in a large Corporate funded office in NY CIty - making a living as a paid shill for the Huff-Po.
Tim Scott March 11, 2012 at 11:40 AM
"As an independent centrist" - LOL. Try - Paid union Corporate shill sitting on a keyboard trying to abolish private property rights and increase the size and scope of Corporate government power. Governor Walker is trying to undo the damage that Jim Doyle did to the property owners and citizens of Wisconsin. Restoring private property rights needs to be job #1 - and the big Corporate union interests, like the ones you represent, have gotta go. It's time to end the largest wealth transfer scheme in history! End the oppression of property tax, restore private property rights, and fund government with consumption taxes - the way it should be. In Wisconsin ownership means nothing, control is everything, and right now the union Corporate interests control and are looting private property!
Jerry Person March 11, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Tim Scott please tell us what your on and where you get it. It must be good. It has you talking like your from mars or some other planet. You ahve a few names correct but otherwise the words make no sense. Are you a koch russia communist tea party bus rider? Did you ever get to ride anywere besideds the back of the bus? Did they let you toot the horn? Sounds like you ride the short tea party bus. Little S L O W . walker has taken the stae from 2 billion to a 9 billion doller defict. Can we stand another day of our tax the people give to the billionaire governor. Little children learn abiut robinhood and know walker is the opposite. Republicans must have never had childhoods they went from the wound to the jail.
morninmist March 11, 2012 at 01:57 PM
@Tim Scott Your off the wall speculations only serve to discredit anything you say. .......... Tim Scott 6:23 am on Sunday, March 11, 2012 morninmist might only exist in a large Corporate funded office in NY CIty - making a living as a paid shill for the Huff-Po.
James R Hoffa March 11, 2012 at 06:11 PM
@Jerry - Asserting that Tim is developmentally challenged is so very big of you! Instead of writing 'slow' in spaced out capitol letters, you may as well have just dropped the 'r' word. And where does this $9B deficit come from exactly? What exactly is "the wound," and how does one go from there to "the jail"? Just like Bob McB said, you're definitely the gift from the left that keeps on giving! Have a nice day Jerry!
Dark Star March 11, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Hi Tim. Yep, I'm definitely an independent with no party affiliation who likes good government as opposed to what you poor souls have in your statehouse. I actually feel sorry for you guys in Wisconsin who are trying to defend your indefensible governor, his indefensible actions and his indefensibly corrupt administration. I hope you realize how sadly misguided is your attempt to paint me as a "Paid union Corporate shill...." First of all, your strange allegation contradicts itself from the beginning. What does that even mean? Obviously nothing. Just non-sensical name calling to distract from the obvious problems Walker has. Pure Ad Hominem! I see a blind partisan ideologue who will always support his own party's candidate, regardless of overwhelming and increasing evidence of corruption, incompetence, power lust and bad judgement. Continuing to support the gubernatorial administration you have up there now is tantamount to knowingly supporting corruption. How many of Walker's out of state big money connections must be exposed for you to see whose tune Walker dances to? How many criminals in his office have to be arrested before you sense how rotten it is? When it gets to the point that your governor can maybe survive with huge amounts of out of state money, you have a problem in your state. What happened to the honor in your state Republican Party. In Virginia our Republicans have been known to display honor quite frequently. Many well known examples.

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