(NOTE: "Utah" is not a misprint. A group in UTAH is trying to recall Democratic State Senators in WISCONSIN)
February 28, 2011- A group based in Utah is seeking to recall eight of the 14 Democratic Wisconsin senators who have fled the Capitol as separate recall efforts gain steam in individual senate districts.
The American Recall Coalition, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, rallied last week in Green Bay, days before a tea party group held its own rally in Merrill to collect signatures needed to recall Sen. Jim Holperin of Conover.
The actual process of recalling an elected official is cumbersome and rarely used. Within 60 days of filing recall paperwork, the American Recall Coalition and other groups must secure the signatures of qualified voters equal to 25 percent of the votes cast in the last gubernatorial election in each senator's district.
Once the petition is submitted, the Government Accountability Board has 31 days to verify the signatures. An election would be held six weeks later with the senator's name automatically on the ballot, plus any other candidates who have filed the necessary paperwork and gathered 400 signatures.
If more than two candidates petition to be on the ballot, there would be a runoff between the top two vote-getters four weeks later.
Only two senators have ever been recalled, according to Reid Magney, spokesman for the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board. Most famously, Republican Sen. George Petak was recalled in 1996 less than a year after casting the deciding vote for a regional sales tax to build the new Miller Park in Milwaukee.