Next Tuesday, Wisconsin organizers attempting to recall Governor Scott Walker, Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and four Republican state Senators will turn in their petitions, and they expect to have well above the number of signatures required to trigger recall elections in all those races.
Wisconsin Democrats have announced they will submit the petition signatures in their effort to recall Gov. Scott Walker next Tuesday, January 17 — with a massive drop-off of boxes at the state’s election administration agency, the Government Accountability Board:
Julie Wells, the Janesville grandmother and factory worker who triggered the recall, will be joined by volunteers from Wisconsin’s 72 counties, who will load scores of boxes from a truck dubbed the “Forward Flyer” into GAB offices.
Also present and available to the media will be representatives from the recall efforts against four Republican senators.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the organizers expect to deliver 1.5 million signatures in the various recalls, well above the number needed for eligibility in each. In fact, that would be more signatures than the total number of votes received by Walker or his opponent, Tom Barrett, in the 2010 gubernatorial election. So if 1.2 million Wisconsinites voted for Walker in 2010, and 1.5 million signed a piece of paper calling for the recall of him and his associates, then the recall election starts in pretty decent shape for Walker’s opponents. That’s on top of the sluggish economy since Walker took over Wisconsin, and the burgeoning John Doe corruption investigation that has led to the indictment of former Walker aides.
There’s still no sense of who Democrats would put up as an opponent to Walker, although Barrett has hinted at a rematch. After the receipt of the signatures, the Government Accountability Board must go through a verification process made more arduous by a recent court ruling. So it will take several weeks for the election to get scheduled, probably for sometime in the spring. Therefore, the search for a candidate has a little time.
The four Senate recalls could have a real impact as well. If any of them are successful, control of the state Senate would flip from Republicans to Democrats, ending the full control of Wisconsin government by Walker and his allies.
So the Wisconsin Spring could end with a total upheaval of state government