UPDATE: Petitions filed to recall 4 Republican senators

Published On: Nov 15 2011 09:48:43 AM CST   Updated On: Nov 15 2011 12:54:44 PM CST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Petitions have been filed to recall four Republican Wisconsin state senators from office.

Three petitions were filed electronically shortly after midnight Tuesday, the same time as paperwork was submitted to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

The recalls against Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and three Republican senators are backed by the state Democratic Party. Another recall was launched against Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald by a Fort Atkinson woman.

The other three senators are Pam Galloway of Wausau, Terry Moulton of Chippewa Falls and Van Wanggaard of Racine.

About 15,000 to 17,000 signatures are needed to recall each of the senators. It takes more than 540,000 signatures to force a recall election for Walker and Kleefisch.