Wisconsin elections board to vote on Democratic recalls

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The nonpartisan Wisconsin state board that oversees elections is meeting to determine whether three recall elections against Democratic state senators can proceed.

The Government Accountability Board meets Wednesday to consider challenges to the petitions seeking recalls for Sens. Bob Wirch of Pleasant Prairie, Dave Hansen of Green Bay and Jim Holperin of Conover.

Democrats allege there was widespread fraud in the circulating of the petitions and that warrants them being rejected. Government Accountability Board staff prepared a memo Tuesday that outlined the charges, but did not recommend a course of action for the retired judges on the board to take.

The board has already approved recall elections for six Republican senators to take place on July 12. The Democratic recalls would be a week later if approved by the board.

No recommendation made on recall challenges

A memo to the nonpartisan Government Accountability Board signed by its director, lead attorney and other staff members released Tuesday addresses the complaints and discusses the evidence related to each one, but makes no recommendation on what to do.

The board was meeting Wednesday to consider how to act on the challenges.

The recalls target Sens. Jim Holperin of Conover, Robert Wirch of Pleasant Prairie and Dave Hansen of Green Bay.

Democrats filed challenges against all three petitions, alleging circulators employed widespread fraud in collecting the signatures. Those pushing for the recalls say the challenges will fail and the delay is politically motivated.