Which of the Democrat Wisconsin state senators (that fled to Illinois to shirk their elected duties) are potentially subject to voter recall efforts?
With the Democratic Wisconsin State Senators still AWOL, people are starting to use the word “recall,” as well as some other words like “fire,” “arrest,” and “don’t pay.” Of these, here’s some information on Recalling an Elected Official in Wisconsin.
In Wisconsin an elected official must first serve in their office for a year before they can be recalled, meaning everyone who was just elected or re-elected in November 2010 can’t be recalled until next January.
The number of signatures needed for a recall petition is 25% of the number of people who voted in the last gubernatorial election in that district.
The petitioner must first file a registration statement “with the same official or agency with whom nomination papers or declarations of candidacy for the office are filed demanding the recall of the officeholder.” No petitions may be circulated before the registration statement is filed and the petitions themselves must be submitted back to the office by no later than 5pm on the 60th day after the registration statement is filed. No signatures may be added or removed after that date.
The petitions must have the words “RECALL PETITION” on their face in bold type and must follow other rules for nominating petitions
There are also a variety of rules regarding the signatures.
As for which Democratic Senators are eligible for recall, I have created and attached a file with a spreadsheet that includes information on Wisconsin’s Democratic Senators. It lists the Democrats, which Senate District they represent, if they are eligible for recall, the percentage of the vote they received, how many votes were cast and how may they received.
If you are a resident of Wisconsin, contact your county’s Republican Party to find out if anything is being planned and if they have anything that you can do to help.
Melissa in Wisconsin
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