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Wis. gov recall can't start for a year


MADISON, Wis. (AP) - All those angry protesters calling for a recall election to replace Republican Gov. Scott Walker will have to wait a while.

According to the Wisconsin Constitution, an elected official must be in office for a year before someone can launch a recall petition against him or her. That means the earliest anyone could mount a recall petition against Walker would be January 2012.

Organizers would need signatures totaling 25 percent of the votes case in the last gubernatorial election. In Walker's case, that translates to about 540,200 names.

Thousands of people have gathered at the state Capitol for a fourth straight day to protest a Walker bill that would all but kill public sector unions.

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