GOP planning lawsuit over Republican senator recallsThe Republican Party of Wisconsin is planning to file a legal challenge on behalf of six Republican senators up for recall.
By: Rich Kremer, Wisconsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram
The Republican Party of Wisconsin is planning to file a legal challenge on behalf of six Republican senators up for recall.
The challenge revolves around paperwork filed by committees in each recall against the six Republican senators.
Eric McLeod is an attorney representing the senators.
He says in each case the paperwork was filed incorrectly and therefore the recall petitions against the Republicans should be tossed out. McLeod says none of the petitioners have filed a registration form that’s required under state law in order to be able to circulate those petitions.
To successfully initiate a recall, a registration form and an intent-to-circulate petitions form must be filed with the Government Accountability Board. In each recall against the Republican senators, these forms were filled out by different parties. McLeod argues they should be filed by the same person.
“State law says until a petitioner files that registration statement, petitions may not be circulated and signatures that are offered prior to that cannot be counted.”
This same challenge was presented to the GAB in late May for each Republican senator but was rejected. Since then, Republican senators Dan Kapanke, Randy Hopper and Luther Olsen have filed legal challenges calling for their recall elections to be halted. The legal challenge by the Republican Party of Wisconsin will run concurrently with them.