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Wisconsin: Senate adopts election bills; poll workers of each party would do certain tasks | Journal Sentinel

The state Senate on Tuesday adopted four bills tweaking how elections are administered, including measures requiring that poll workers of opposite parties perform certain tasks. Sen. Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin), the author of the bills, said she advanced them to avoid what she considered irregularities and “sloppy” practices in the recount of the 2012 recall election for state senator in Racine County. Democrats contended Republicans were getting carried away in presuming poll workers are allied with political parties or prone to act corruptly. “Obviously, these bills are designed to do one thing — make it more difficult to vote, make it more difficult to be a clerk,” said Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay). All Republicans supported the measures and most Democrats opposed them. The measures now go to the Assembly, which like the Senate is controlled by Republicans.

Full Article: Senate adopts election bills; poll workers of each party would do certain tasks.

Wisconsin: Nygren appeal denied by judge, first Wisconsin recall election set for July 19 | Ballotnews

Dane County Judge Richard Niess denied state Rep. John Nygren’s appeal to be placed on the ballot in the District 30 recall election against Dave Hansen. In a statement issued following the decision, Nygren said he will not further challenge the decision in court, blaming the outcome on “Democrat-appointed GAB staff that has constantly worked against me as I defended myself from the Democratic Party’s frivolous challenges.”

Although appointed by a Democratic governor, three of the six members of the GAB previously held office as Republicans.

Eric McLeod, Nygren’s attorney, argued that three signatures struck from the petition were in fact valid. One signer listed his work address on the petition, which is out of the 30th District and was therefore deemed invalid. His home address, however, is in the correct district. The second signature was that of Nygren himself, who signed the nomination papers as a circulator, but never actually signed the petition and was not counted toward the necessary 400 signatures. The third signature was that of a supporter who accidentally signed nominating papers for Nygren as well as David VanderLeest, which is illegal. An affidavit from the woman stated that she planned to vote for Nygren.

Full Article: Nygren appeal denied by judge, first Wisconsin recall election set for July 19 | Ballotnews.

Wisconsin: Rep. Nygren sues to get on ballot in Wisconsin recall | JSOnline

A GOP Assembly lawmaker is suing to be placed on the ballot in a recall election against a Democratic senator. In a filing in Dane County Circuit Court, Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) said the state Government Accountability Board wrongly took him off the ballot in the recall election for Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) in the 30th Senate District.

The accountability board took Nygren off the ballot Monday after finding that he fell just short of collecting enough valid nominating signatures. The board found Nygren collected only 398 valid signatures and 400 are needed.

Full Article: Rep. Nygren sues to get on ballot in Sen. Hansen recall - JSOnline.

Wisconsin: Nygren lawsuit could upend election preparations | Wisconsin Law Journal

County clerks in northeastern Wisconsin have begun preparing ballots for a recall election in three weeks, fully aware that an impending court ruling involving the state senate race could turn all their plans upside-down. Clerks in Brown, Marinette, Oconto and Shawano counties are getting ready for a general election July 19 between Democratic state Sen. Dave Hansen and Republican challenger David VanderLeest. Both are from Green Bay.

Meanwhile, state Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, has sued to get his name on the ballot as well. He was ruled ineligible this week after state election officials said he submitted only 398 valid voter signatures with his nomination papers, two shy of the minimum required. Nygren’s lawsuit accused the state Government Accountability Board of issuing its ruling without giving him a fair chance to defend his eligibility.

A Dane County judge is scheduled to hear arguments in the case Friday at 9 a.m. It’s not immediately known when a ruling can be expected.

Full Article: Nygren lawsuit could upend election preparations « Wisconsin Law Journal.

Wisconsin: Rep. Nygren knocked off ballot in Hansen recall election | JSOnline

State elections officials Monday took a Republican Assembly lawmaker off the ballot in a recall election against a Democratic senator.

The state Government Accountability Board voted unanimously to leave Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) off the ballot in the July 19 recall election for Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) in the 30th Senate District. The board found that Nygren fell just short of collecting the 400 valid nominating signatures needed to qualify for the ballot, finding he collected only 398 valid signatures.

Wisconsin: What if they held an election and the results didn’t count? | Wisconsin Reporter

Wisconsin’s political parties may be trying every trick possible, from spoiler candidates to lawsuits, to manipulate the recall elections scheduled this summer. But the people on the ground, who have little opportunity to affect the process, will be facing the consequences.

For the officials running the elections, it’s a nasty and expensive headache that comes at the height of summer when employees typically take vacation, and voters’ attention is anywhere but on elections.

“For this time of year, it’s very hectic,” Fond du Lac County Clerk Lisa Freiberg said. Still, candidates and campaign managers say they are proceeding as if no uncertainty exists — and believe voters will, too.

Full Article: What if they held an election and the results didn’t count?.

Wisconsin: County, city clerks prep for recalls | Fox11 WLUK-TV

County and city clerks are busy preparing for some unprecedented recall elections. Nine State Senators will fight for their seats over the next two months.

That includes three Democrats, Dave Hansen of Green Bay, Jim Holperin of Conover and Robert Wirch of Pleasant Prairie. There are also six Republicans, including Robert Cowles from Allouez, Randy Hopper of Fond du Lac and Luther Olsen of Ripon.

The unusual round of elections has county and city clerks on their toes. They’re working on ballots for a July 12th primary. “They’re at the printers now and they’re being prepared for printing,” Outagamie County Clerk Lori O’Bright explained. Only this primary is a bit different.

Full Article: County, city clerks prep for recalls.

Wisconsin: Senators Holperin, Hansen and Wirch headed for Wisconsin recall election | Wausau Daily Herald

All three Democratic state senators targeted for recalls will have to stand for election this summer after the board that oversees elections declined on Wednesday to invalidate petitions circulated against them, even though it found evidence of fraud.

The Government Accountability Board voted to reject thousands of signatures it determined were either fraudulent or collected by circulators through misleading means, such as saying the petition was for something other than recalling the Democrats.

But even after those signatures were tossed, more than enough remained to force recall elections for Sens. Jim Holperin of Conover, Dave Hansen of Green Bay and Bob Wirch of Pleasant Prairie.

Full Article: Sen. Holperin, two other Democrats headed for recall election effort | Wausau Daily Herald | wausaudailyherald.com.