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What needs to happen for a recall election

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WAUSAU (WAOW) -- The Government Accountability Board says there have been four recalls of state legislators in Wisconsin since 1930.

They say the number of committees recently created to recall state legislators is unprecedented.

How does the recall process work?

As of right now, there are 16 senators eligible for recall.

To be eligible, elected officials must serve at least a year in office.

First, a committee must register with the Government Accountability Board. Once registered, it creates a petition that must be signed by a quarter of the number of votes cast for the governor's race in that official's district. The committee has 60 days to do that.

The GAB then has 31 days to evaluate the petition. If the petition meets requirements, there is a recall election.

"We've got 20 recall committees going with thousands and thousands of signatures in each. We could be looking at viewing well over 200,000 signatures," Reid Magney of the Government Accountability Board said.

He expects there to be recall elections, but he doesn't know how many.

Those elections would most likely happen in July.


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