Elections board wants recalls on May 15, June 12

By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email
By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democrats oppose a timeline that would put any primary for Gov. Scott Walker's recall election on May 15 with the general election on June 12.

Those dates were recommended Friday by the head of the state elections board. They are two weeks later than is required now and any extension would need approval by a judge.

Democratic attorney Jeremy Levinson calls the requested extension "totally unreasonable and unnecessary." Levinson says he will fight against the additional time in court.

Representatives of Walker's campaign and the Republican Party did not immediately return requests for comment.

Government Accountability Board director Kevin Kennedy says there is no way the board can finish its review of the roughly 1.9 million signatures seeking the recall of Walker and five others any sooner than March 30.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin state elections board wants to hold any recall elections against Gov. Scott Walker and five others on May 15 and June 12.

Government Accountability Board director Kevin Kennedy recommends those dates in a memo to the board released on Friday. The full board was to discuss the issue Monday and if it agrees ask a Dane County judge for more time.

Specifically, Kennedy says the date for deciding whether to call the election should be moved from March 19 to April 6.

Kennedy says election clerks overwhelmingly preferred the primary be on May 15 and the general election be June 12.

Walker is being targeted for recall along with Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and four Republican state senators.


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  • by Unions Destroy Jobs Location: Independent Fiscal Conservative on Mar 9, 2012 at 06:24 PM
    Polarize or give property tax payers back lost rights? The WEAC Falk Union Dems so want this on the same quiet April elections they have used to elect School Board members that are friendly to the unions wants such as free Viagra. I say give it to Falk asap. After 4 years of Falk the union democrats will be dead for decades. Hopefully the party will rebuild with common sense Jefferson Democrats.
  • by anonymous Location: Eau Claire on Mar 9, 2012 at 04:51 PM
    If you don't like it, then move.
  • by terry Location: madison on Mar 9, 2012 at 02:24 PM
    If the board can't verify the signatures in the time alloted, why don't they hire more people to do the job. I think we have enough people in WI looking for work don't we? I was going to apply but couldn't because I signed the petition and/or gave to a partisan candidate.
  • by Jim Location: Bloomer on Mar 9, 2012 at 12:15 PM
    Time to send my kids to private school. I can't believe how selfish and childish the unions and dems have become. I will pay myself for my kids education. You can keep the change. And on the Federal level, the end of an ERROR is coming in November.
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      by a on Mar 11, 2012 at 09:22 PM in reply to Jim
      much as i agree with how you feel, i fear pres zero will remain
  • by Mik4e Location: Rice Lake on Mar 9, 2012 at 12:08 PM
    the sooner the better..This governor has done more to polarize this state and set back our eduaction system more than any other governor in state history..And what about all those jobs Mr Walker???....RECALL WALKER!!!
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      by ECar on Mar 9, 2012 at 08:05 PM in reply to Mik4e
      Set back our education system more than any other governor in state history? You can't set back something that was a complete joke before it was took over.
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      by N on Mar 11, 2012 at 05:33 PM in reply to Mik4e
      and the President has done so much better to ease racial, economical, and polarization in the country and state. Better wake up and realize who is actually ruling by separating on everything and every one.
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