Recall election schedule set in Wisconsin

March 15, 2012 at 1:35 AM
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MADISON, Wis., March 15 (UPI) -- A judge signed off Wednesday on a schedule for Wisconsin's latest round of recall elections, with targets that include Gov. Scott Walker.

If there are primary contests, an initial vote would be held May 8 with a general election June 5, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. With no primaries, the election would be May 8.

The Government Accountability Board has certified the recall petitions for four Republican state senators. As part of the agreement, the board is getting an extension to March 30 to make a decision on the petitions for Walker and Lieutenant Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.

Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess said the extension is "clearly in the public interest."

The election schedule was agreed to by the recall committee, the targeted officials and the board.

At least two Democrats -- former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk and state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout -- have announced plans to run for governor.

Recall elections in several legislative districts last year reduced the Republican majority in the state Senate, but left the GOP in control of the body.

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