MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state board that oversees elections in Wisconsin says petitions to recall lawmakers from office must contain signatures from voters in their current districts, not new districts drawn under redistricting maps passed by the Legislature earlier this year.
Republicans were hoping the recalls would be under the new maps, which are generally more favorable to Republican incumbents who may be targeted.
The Government Accountability Board released its opinion Wednesday saying that the new districts wouldn't be in effect for recall elections. Assuming the maps withstand lawsuits, the new boundaries would be in effect for the November 2012 regular election.
Democrats say they plan to seek recalls of an undetermined number of Republican incumbents next year. They can start gathering signatures next month.
Two incumbent GOP senators lost recalls this summer.