Despite Republican challenges, six Wisconsin State Senators will be challenged in recall elections. Today the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board approved three more recalls.
State election officials have cleared the way for three more GOP state senators to face recall elections, meaning six senators will almost certainly have to defend their seats.
Republicans had challenged recall petitions against Sens. Robert Cowles, Alberta Darling and Sheila Harsdorf. On Tuesday, the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board tossed out most of the challenges.
The senators still have the option of challenging the board's decision in court. Otherwise they'll face recall elections in the next few months.
Three Democrats may also face recalls, but the final decision hasn't yet been made on them, largely because many of the signatures were gathered by professional petition gatherers from out of state and are under challenge by Wisconsin Democrats.
Meanwhile, the board has also announced that they are not prepared to approve the signatures gathered by Republicans for the recall of their three Democratic targets. Dems have alleged that the signature gathering by Republicans is fraudulent, and now the board has explicitly claimed that their reason for not approving the recall elections against Dems is that the signatures “have raised numerous factual and legal issues which need to be investigated and analyzed.”
Translation: The fraud allegations just may have something to them.
What a surprise.