MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A recall election targeting the governor would not automatically include the lieutenant governor, even though they run on the same ticket in Wisconsin.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen issued an opinion Thursday on the request of the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.

Democrats plan to begin their effort Nov. 15 to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker over his contentious union rights law, meaning an election could be held as early as next spring. They are also targeting Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.

Van Hollen, a Republican, said there would have to be separate petitions for each office and residents would have to vote separately.

In a statement, Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate said the opinion benefits Van Hollen's allies but they won't let it impede their effort to recall them both.