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Original Intent of the Recall Power - MU Law School
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Legal aspects to recall (word document similar to this page)
Who can sign, who can circulate? (for back of clipboards)
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Last updated Monday, February 27, 2012
Recalling Elected Officials
Summary of Legal Aspects of Recall of Wisconsin State officials
Wisconsin Statute 9.10 has these additional provisions on recall:
The first step is for the petitioner to file a registration statement with the filing officer. For state offices, the filing officer is the Government Accountability Board (GAB). The petitioner then has 60 days to collect signatures and deliver the petitions.
The GAB shall certify to the petitioner the number of signatures required.
Every petition shall have in bold at the top “Recall Petition”, and shall include the name of the officeholder.
No signature shall be counted if :
In order to be a qualified voter, the signer must be 18, a U.S. citizen, and not incarcerated or on probation for a felony. (The signer does not have to be a registered voter.)
The circulator must sign and date the petition after the signatures are dated.
After the petitions are delivered to the GAB, no signature may be added or removed.
After the petitions are delivered to the GAB, within 10 days the elected official being challenged may challenge their validity. The GAB will rule on sufficiency of the petition. The GAB ruling may be challenged in circuit court.
The elected official against whom the recall is filed shall be a candidate on the recall ballot, unless they resign. Other candidates must have their nomination papers in by four weeks before the election. The winner of the recall election serves the remainder of the term. After one recall election, no further recall petition may be filed against the same official during the term.
Who can circulate recall petitions? This answer is from an email from the Government Accountability Board
Webmaster's note: Wisconsin 2005 Act 451 (page 39) changed 8.40 (2) to the current wording which is the basis for the GAB opinion above. The wording was changed as a result of Frami v Ponto.
Above summary by Paul