The Government Accountability Board announced Monday that just over 931,000 signatures had been submitted to recall GOP Gov. Scott Walker – well over the 540,208 valid signatures needed, but short of the more than 1 million signatures recall organizers had said they had turned in. It is the first time the board, which runs state elections, has provided any kind of official number of how many signatures against Walker were submitted in January. Nearly 843,000 signatures were submitted against Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, the board found. Staff for the board has preliminarily disqualified about 25,500 signatures against Walker and about 29,000 against Kleefisch. Other signatures could be removed as officials continue their review of them.
State elections officials also determined Monday that recall elections must be held for four Republican state senators, and they said they want voters going to the polls on May 8. The accountability board on Monday found that there were enough signatures to recall the four senators, but held off on formally ordering elections. That’s because it wants all recall elections to be held on the same dates, and it is waiting to complete its review of the signatures to recall Walker and Kleefisch.
Board members said that if more than one candidate from the same party runs, the May 8 elections would become primaries on those dates, with the general elections held June 5. Primaries would be scheduled only for the races with multiple candidates from the same party, opening the possibility that both primaries and general elections could be held May 8.