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UPDATE: Gov. Walker recall petitions will be due Jan. 17


MADISON (WKOW) --  2012 may be the most political year ever in Wisconsin, with a presidential election and a campaign for a recall election against Republican Governor Scott Walker.

Both recall organizers and the governor have been getting ready for this since the contentious fight over collective bargaining earlier this year.

The official recall campaign is now set to begin November 15.

Recall supporters say they've maintained momentum.

Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate says, "Just because you don't have 100,000 people protesting at the Capitol, doesn't mean there aren't people angry in their communities... and this is the recourse we have available to us.... His agenda is not working. It's not working for people, it's not working for businesses, it's not working for our children's future, and this is the recourse we have. And we're going to recall him from office."

The grassroots group United Wisconsin, made up of volunteers with the exception of two paid employees, is spearheading the effort to recall the governor.

They'll need 540,000 signatures before January 17. That's around 10,000 signatures a day, for 60 days.

Ryan Lawler, United Wisconsin co-chair, compared this recall effort, to the effort to recall state Senators this summer, saying, "The difference between the spring and now, is that people are starting to see real-life impacts to them, and their families, and they remain fired up."

United Wisconsin will have support from other grassroots groups, from community leaders and unions.

Rick Badger, Executive Director of AFSCME, says, "Clearly the governor did not hear us. Now this is our opportunity at the ballot box to make sure our concerns are heard."

The Republican Party of Wisconsin is bringing its own momentum, with its Facebook page stating, "Standing Against Recall."

Governor Walker responded to recall efforts Tuesday in La Crosse.

Walker said, "We take everything seriously, without a doubt. It's not going take away from the focus we have, as the governor, to working with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, and lawmakers in both political parties. We're focused on a special session that's going to be another way of helping us create more jobs." He added, "We're going to continue to talk about how our reforms are working, how they're helping the economy. You look at the tens of millions of dollars school districts and local governments have saved across the state, we're going to get that message out."

National groups are expected to spend millions on a recall, but in 2012, there will be a U.S. Senate race and a presidential race, among others, to contend with.

Charles Franklin, UW Political Science Professor, says, "The big uncertainty is, how much money will be available for a recall election when so many other elections will be competing for money and resources."

Reaction to a recall election is mixed.

Charles James of Madison tells 27 News, "We've got high unemployment, our schools need financing... I think a recall would simply take time and energy away from these things."

Alexander Brown, also of Madison, says, "There are so many people who didn't care about politics before, who now are into this."

The group will begin collecting signatures by hand November 15. They'll have until January 17 to turn them in.

The earliest an election would be is March or April.

A number of Democrats are already being mentioned as potential candidates against Scott Walker in a recall election. State Senator Jon Erpenbach, former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, U.S. Representative Ron Kind, and Assembly Minority leader Peter Barca are among the big names.

Organizers of the recall also say they don't know yet whether their effort will include Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. Lawler said Tuesday no decisions have been made yet on whether the recall will be for both Walker and Kleefisch or just Walker. The Government Accountability Board has requested an opinion from the Attorney General's Office on how a recall against the governor would affect the lieutenant governor. Candidates for governor and lieutenant governor run on the same ticket in Wisconsin. But recall petitions are taken out against just one office holder at a time.


MADISON (WKOW) -- State election officials say supporters of recalling Republican Governor Scott Walker will have until January 17 to collect more than 540,000 signatures to force an election sometime in the spring.

A spokesperson for the Government Accountability Board says the deadline was originally set for January 13, but the deadline is now Tuesday, January 17.

The earliest an election would be is March 27. If there is a primary, the general election would take place on April 24.


MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin Democratic Party officially announced Monday it will start an effort to recall Governor Scott Walker.

Chairman Mike Tate announced on the party's web site that they will begin circulating petitions November 15.

They'll need to collect 540,208 signatures by January 13.

The recall is motivated by the governor's proposal to take away nearly all collective bargaining rights from most state workers.

Governor Walker has been preparing for a possible recall attempt. It's one of the reasons Keith Gilkes stepped down as Walker's chief of staff, so he could help with a campaign to combat the recall.

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