Review of recall petitions going slowly; July 12 election in doubt
Three Democrats’ cases to be put off; board may plead with court for more time
By Don Walker and Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel
May 27, 2011
It opens the possibility the board will have to go to court next week seeking more time to complete its work. And that could mean a delay for any recall elections, which were expected to be held July 12.Madison – In an announcement destined to shake up the drive to recall senators from both parties, the Government Accountability Board said Friday that its members would not be able to consider the recall petitions of three Democrats when they meet on Tuesday.
The board said in a statement that petition challenges in the districts of Sens. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills), Jim Holperin (D-Conover), Robert Wirch (D-Pleasant Prairie) and Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) had raised “numerous factual and legal issues” that warrant further investigation.
“Because of the strong likelihood that any finding of sufficiency or insufficiency by the board will be appealed to a circuit court, it is imperative that the issues raised by these challenges are fully examined, and that a complete record is created for a court to consider,” the accountability board said in its statement.