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Judge sets recall election dates

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MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) – A judge agreed this morning to hold all recall elections on May 8th with general elections on June 5th for contests with primaries.

Democratic recall organizers and their Republican targets agreed to the dates, which were sought by the state Government Accountability Board. Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess also agreed to give the Board 11 extra days to determine if there are enough valid petition signatures to order recall elections against Governor Scott Walker and Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch.

The new deadline for that is March 30th.

Attorney Joseph Olson, who represents four G-O-P senators facing recalls, said it’s a big win for taxpayers – because all recall elections will be held on the same dates.

Last year, one set of recall votes was held a week later than another. As a result, local governments staged up to four elections – which broke their budgets for the year.

Democratic attorney Jeremy Levinson said he’s satisfied that this year’s votes will be held as early as “reasonably possible.”

Had the judge not given the Board more time to handle the petitions, the recall elections would have held on May first and May 29th.

Clerks said May first was too soon after the April 3rd presidential primary and local contests. And they said May 29th would have been a headache for everyone, because it’s the day after Memorial Day.

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