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I am a simple country boy transplanted from the Piehl Township in northern Wisconsin to the Milwaukee metropolitan area who came down "sout" in 1980 for college and have stayed in the area since.
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Friday, April 01, 2005

Recalls in Wisconsin are too EASY?

This from the web-site for the state senate sub-commitee on election law is this gem buried in the minutes from February 23, 2005.

Apparently, recall elections in Wisconsin are too easy. Getting 1 voter in 4 to sign a recall petition within 30 days is just too darn inconvienient for those in office. The proposal calls for:

Suggestions for Modifications to the Law
The committee should consider modifying the law so that recall petitions should state the grounds that constitute cause for a recall of officials, e.g., neglect of duty or official misconduct. Also,the number of signatures required on recall petitions should be increased.

If 25% of the voters are signing a petition within 30 days, I suspect the grounds for recall are well known. The extra boiler plate requirement will become a new way to dismiss whole pages of signatures when contesting a recall petition. And why is 25% of the voters too low? For a city-wide office in the city of Milwaukee the recall number until September 2, 2006 is about 55,000. This is too small a group of citizens to be listened to?

State Senator Joe Leibham, 9th Senate District, heads this sub-committee. Remember, if you contact him, this item is a proposal for legislation. It is not legislation. It is not a bill which has even been enrolled. It is not even a proposal for legislation from this sub-commitee. It is just a proposal someone gave the sub-committee to consider passing on to the state senate as a whole.

Again, be nice if you contact the senator.


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