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.

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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