Fitzgerald wouldn’t offer an opinion on whether Reynolds’ ruling was a correct interpretation of the law, but said it creates headaches for local elections officials, particularly with possible overlapping nomination paper and absentee ballot deadlines for the August primary and November general election. He said Reynolds didn’t consider those practical effects in her ruling. “The logistics of this is very messy,” Fitzgerald said. “I don’t think Judge Reynolds considered that at all how this would transpire in the real world. … The average taxpayer is going to be like, ‘You’re kidding me.’”
It is not that hard to hold an election. Unless, of course, you don’t want to hold an election. Then it becomes very hard. And I’ve searched the law high and low and I have yet to find an exemption for a town clerk’s headaches. Try an aspirin and do your job.
Activists working to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) filed petitions today with more than 1 million signatures to the state, close to double the almost they needed to begin the recall process and force Walker to stand for reelection in November. If successful, it would be the first gubernatorial recall in Wisconsin history, and only the third in U.S. history. The number of signatures comes close to the 1,128,941 votes Walker received, and was far more than the 540,000 needed.
To establish a majority in the state Senate, Wisconsin Democrats needed to defeat three of the six Republicans challenged in recall elections held Tuesday. They defeated two. A good day but not good enough, arguably because of Barack Obama and other national Dem leaders.