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“Unprecedented recall elections have raised questions about need for updating statues.”

Madison – Senator Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee) today revealed that he has submitted a request to the Joint Legislative Council asking for a study committee to review Wisconsin’s statutes governing recall elections and to recommend any necessary updates. Senator Carpenter’s request was supported by a bi-partisan coalition of state legislators.
“The unprecedented recall elections of the past year have raised questions whether the rules governing recalls are up-to-date and adequate for the job. We should review whether the recall election experiences of 2011 and 2012 can provide guidance for revision of the statutes,” said Carpenter.
The Joint Legislative Council establishes study committees to examine major issues and problems identified by the Legislature. The study committees appointed by the Council are made up of Legislators and citizens who are interested in or knowledgeable about the study topic.
Senator Carpenter suggested that, as a starting point, the Legislative Council study committee might begin with the following questions:
  • Should circulators of a recall petition reside in Wisconsin?
  • Should there be a limit on contributions to an elected official before a recall is certified?
  • Should giving something of value for signing a petition be prohibited?
  • Should recall petitions be posted online after submission to the GAB?
  • Should the GAB be required to review recall signatures and determine if signatures are appropriate?
  • Should party affiliation be required in a primary election (the “fake candidates” issue)?
  • Should the threshold number of signatures to hold a recall be changed?
“I believe that reviewing our recall laws in a bipartisan fashion – such as a study committee – will ensure the voters that changes will be made with the goal of making recalls in Wisconsin as fair and accurate as possible. Let’s do this right,” said Carpenter.