Recall elections for Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and four Republican senators will be held on June 5 under an agreement presented in court Tuesday by lawyers for the recall committees, the state Government Accountability Board and the recall targets.
In a stipulation filed ahead of a hearing Wednesday before Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess, the parties all agreed that the state elections agency should be granted an extension until March 30 to certify recall petitions.
The agreement awaits a formal written order that Niess can sign.
Without the extensions, the recalls would have been scheduled for primary elections on May 1 and general elections on May 29, the first work day after Memorial Day weekend.
Instead, the primaries would be held on May 8 with the general election four weeks later, on June 5.
The agreement noted that if the election were scheduled for May 29, "municipal clerks will face significant difficulties, if not impossibilities, completing their duties in preparation for the election." It noted that clerks generally prepare for elections the weekend prior to the Tuesday elections.
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On Monday, the GAB voted unanimously that there were enough valid signatures filed against all four of the senators to prompt recall elections. The senators include Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Sens. Pam Galloway, Terry Moulton and Van Wanggaard.
The current deadline for the GAB to finish its work is March 19. A staff report issued Monday cast doubt on the GAB's ability to finish certifying the sufficiency or insufficiency of the recall petitions by that date. The review of the Walker and Kleefisch petitions had been finished by Monday, except for the court-ordered check for duplicate signatures.
It expects, however, to have the work finished by March 30, the stipulation states.
The GAB last week proposed a timeline that would have resulted in a June 12 general election.
Democrats have urged the GAB to finish its work as quickly as possible in general and objected to the June 12 election date, saying it would create conflicts for student and parent voters.
Republicans have encouraged the GAB to hold any recalls on the same date to reduce costs.