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Recall efforts reach halfway point


MADISON (WKOW) -- The clock is ticking when it comes to recall efforts against 16 of the 33 Wisconsin senators.

Recall organizers had 60 days from the day of filing, until the day they turn in thousands of signatures. Some only have until April 25th to turn in those signatures, others have until the beginning of May.

Some districts need more than 20,000 valid signatures by then, and it's getting harder to get signatures- as times goes on.

UW-Madison Political Science Professor David Canon said he believes half of the 16 efforts will gain enough support to hold an election

Canon said, "It's getting harder and harder; the easy ones [signatures] are already gotten, and the clock is running."

Democrats reported in mid-March, they'd gained 45% of signatures needed for all eight Republican Senators. Now, they say they're confident- but not releasing numbers.

Graeme Zielinski, Democratic Party of Wisconsin, said, "Until we're close to filing, we're not likely to release any figures. That's a strategic decision because we want the enthusiasm to stay up there, we want Republicans to keep guessing."

David Canon added, "It is totally unprecented, and it's hard to know how it's going to play out for that reason. It looks like more Republicans will have the petition filed against them in terms of getting enough signatures, but even that's not entirely clear."

Campaigns against Democratic Senators are also in full swing as well. Senator Mark Miller's recall organizer reports of the 20,000 signatures needed, they have about 10,000. The campaign to recall Democratic Senator Robert Wirch reports they have between 8,000 and 12,000 of the 13,500 signatures needed.

Kate Ploessl was outside the Sun Prairie Post Office Tuesday, collecting signatures for the Recall Mark Miller campaign.

She said, "This is the steepest part of the hill. People were very energetic when it all first started, and the memory was fresh."

Ploessl says she'll be out and about until May, collecting signatures.

Financial reports are due 30 days into each effort. Those who've filed so far include the campaign to recall Democratic Senator Dave Hansen. That campaign has collected a little more than a thousand dollars.

The Campaign to Recall Democratic Senator Robert Wirch collected nearly $11,000 dollars.

The Government Accountability Board has 31 days to revise and record valid signatures. Canon says recall elections will be held six weeks after that. If there is a primary for that recall election, that will be held six weeks after the GAB validates the signatures, then a recall election will be held four weeks- after that.

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