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Voter Petitions Prompt Recall Elections For Three Wisconsin State Senators

May 26, 2011 by  

Voter petitions prompt recall elections for three Wisconsin State SenatorsAt least three State Senators in Wisconsin will be forced to participate in recall elections this July, an elections committee ruled on May 23.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the State’s Government Accountability Board has voted unanimously to schedule three recall elections for July 12. The lawmakers whose seats will be up for grabs include Dan Kapanke (R-La Crosse), Randy Hopper (R-Fond du Lac) and Luther Olsen (R-Ripon).

The legislators are three of nine State Senators — six Republicans and three Democrats — who are being challenged by voters because of their support for Governor Scott Walker’s law limiting collective bargaining rights for public workers. The news source reported that petitions must include at least 15,000 signatures to prompt a recall election.

If more than one candidate emerges to challenge a State Senator, the July 12 election will serve as a primary, according to the media outlet. The general election would be held on Aug. 9.

The results of the recall elections could have a significant impact on the Badger State’s redistricting process, The Post-Crescent reported. If Democrats can pick up three seats in the State Senate, they would hold a majority of the chamber.

Currently, the Republican Party holds a majority in both the House and Senate. Charles Franklin, a political expert from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, told the media outlet that the recall elections could “put the brakes on what otherwise would be a runaway train” when lawmakers draw up new district lines.

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