One recall candidate rejected from ballot, triggers first election in Wisconsin on July 19
By Geoff Pallay and Greg Janetka
MADISON, Wisconsin: At a special meeting held today, the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board removed John Nygren (R) from the recall ballot, ruling that he was two valid signatures short of the required 400. Nygren, who has served as a state assemblyman since 2007, turned in nominating papers with 424 signatures, but the Board found only 398 to be valid.
Nygren did not file any correcting affidavits by Friday, as was required by GAB regulations. Additionally, there was no explanatory response for controversial signatures. Nygren’s response to the challenges did contain many affidavits and responses, but did not seemingly cover all of the challenges filed by the Democratic Party. GAB staff used google maps and their laptops to go one-by-one through many of the signature challenges during the meeting. Before the board officially voted to certify only 398 signatures, the attorney for Nygren argued that Nygren should still be certified because two signatures is so minute, and that the policy should be one of the utmost ballot access.
Meanwhile, the GAB quickly dismissed the challenges against Republican candidates Kim Simac, Robert Lussow and David VanderLeest, certifying them for the July 19 ballot. The state Democratic Party filed challenges against the nominating petitions of all four candidates on June 24. Additionally, Nygren had a second challenge filed against him by Sarah Scott. In each of their decisions today the Board followed recommendations made by GAB staff.
The removal of Nygren sets up a cascading series of election dates for the nine senators facing recall. There will now be two recall primaries on July 19 and one actual recall election. The July 19 election date will have the following races for voters to decide upon at the polls:
District 12, Republican Primary
District 22, Republican Primary
District 30, Recall Election
If Hansen wins the recall on July 19, that will could create momentum for the Democratic Party heading into the August 9 and 16 elections -- if VanderLeest unseats Hansen, the same effect would be felt by the Republican candidates.
|Did You Know?|
The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board was created by the state legislature in 2007.
Absentee voting begins
In-person absentee voting began today in the six Democratic primaries scheduled for July 12. It will continue through July 8. In-person absentee voting for the two July 19 Republican primaries and the recall election between Hansen and VanderLeest will begin July 5 and go through July 15.
- Recall of Wisconsin State Senators (2011)
- Wisconsin State Senate
- Laws governing recall in Wisconsin
- Redistricting in Wisconsin
- WisPolitics, "GAB kicks Nygren off the ballot," June 27, 2011
- Wis Politics, "Nygren vows to pursue further legal options," June 27, 2011
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Rep. Nygren knocked off ballot in Hansen recall election," June 27, 2011
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Verified Challenge of Sarah Scott," June 24, 2011
- Wausau Daily Herald, "GOP candidates certified in Holperin recall," June 27, 2011
- WQOW, "New residency rules means deadline Tuesday for recall elections," June 13, 2011