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GAB officials ask for an extension to review recall signatures

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The recall election for up to eight senators could be held as early as July 12.

Election officials with the Government Accountability Board have asked a Dane County Circuit Court for more time to review recall petitions. The extra time will allow challenges to signatures.

According to a court filing, election officials want to review the petitions through late May. That would allow them to certify all eight recall petitions received so far, by June 3.

If the court accepts the plan, any recall elections would be held July 12, barring further legal action. A court date has not yet been set to hear the request.

Organizers have turned in recall petitions for five Republican senators and three Democratic senators.

The Republican senators are being targeted for their votes for the bill that would strip most public employees of collective bargaining rights. Democratic senators are being targeted for leaving the state to stall a vote on the same bill. A judge has currently blocked the bill from taking effect.

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