Wisconsin Recall Election Dates Set

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), his lieutenant governor and four Republican state senators will face voters in recall elections this spring under an agreement approved today by a Dane County Circuit judge.

If a primary election is needed to determine who will run against Walker and the others, that will be held May 8 and followed by a June 5 general election. If there are no primaries, the vote will be May 8. Two Democrats have declared their candidacies in the governor's race and others could enter.

Judge Richard Niess approved the agreement today that lawyers for the state elections board, recall committees and recall targets had reached Tuesday.

Last year, after Walker and the state legislature pushed through a bill that eliminated collective bargaining rights for public employees, working families mobilized to recall Walker and key lawmakers who stood with him. In the first round last summer, two Republican senators were recalled.

On Monday, the Government Accountability Board announced that just over 931,000 signatures had been submitted to recall Walker and nearly 843,000 signatures were submitted against Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.

Just this past Saturday, more than 60,000 Wisconsin working people rallied in Madison as part of the Reclaim Wisconsin campaign.

AFL-CIO Now, Wed Mar 14 2012

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