Recall Walker Efforts

Note: this page is an archive of the various stages of the 2011-12 Recall election. The 2012 Recall Walker efforts started on November 15, 2011. Additionally, recalling Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch will also be part of the efforts. There are also four Republican state senators facing recall efforts as well. They are Senators Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau, Pam Galloway of Wausau, Van Wanggaard of Racine and Terry Moulton of Chippewa Falls.

Here were the major benchmarks:

  • November 15, 2011 – Recall petitions are coordinated for 60 days to collect at least 540,208 valid signatures as well as other signatures for four Republican state senators (see below).
  • January 17, 2012 – Recall petitions were left off at the Government Accountability Board
  • January 27, 2012 – Deadline date (10 days) where those who want to challenge Recall petitions must register with Government Accountability Board
  • March 31, 2012 – Extended period where Government Accountability Board will verify Recall petitions.
  • May 8, 2012 – Recall primary
  • June 5, 2012 – Recall election

Governor

100% reporting
  Name Votes Vote %
Scott Walker, GOP (i) 1,334,450 53%
Tom Barrett, Dem 1,162,785 46%
Hari Trivedi, Ind 14,350 1% /td>

Lieutenant Governor

100% reporting
  Name Votes Vote %
Rebecca Kleefisch, GOP (i) 1,300,213 53%
Mahlon Mitchell, Dem 1,154,528 47%

State Senate District 13

100% reporting
  Name Votes Vote %
Scott Fitzgerald, GOP (i) 47,116 58%
Lori Compas, Dem 32,870 41%
Terry Virgil, Lib 760 1%

State Senate District 21

100% reporting
  Name Votes Vote %
John Lehman, Dem 36,255 51%
Van Wanggaard, GOP (i) 35,476 49%

State Senate District 23

100% reporting
  Name Votes Vote %
Terry Moulton, GOP (i) 39,843 57%
Kristen Dexter, Dem 30,479 43%

State Senate District 29

100% reporting
  Name Votes Vote %
Jerry Petrowski, GOP 44,027 61%
Donna Seidel, Dem 27,702 39%

Scott Walker
Republican

Tom Barrett
Democrat

Hari Trivedi
Independent
Sex Male
   (50% of voters)
59% 40% 1%
Female
   (50%)
47% 52% 1%
Race White
   (91%)
57% 43% 1%
Black
   (5%)
5% 94% 1%
  Other
   (5%)
Age 18-29
   (16%)
47% 51% 1%
30-44
   (22%)
57% 43% 1%
  45-64
   (44%)
53% 47% 1%
  65 and older
   (18%)
56% 44%
College degree Yes
   (40%)
49% 50% 0%
No
   (60%)
56% 43% 1%
Income Less than $50,000
   (38%)
44% 56% 1%
$50,000 – $99,999
   (41%)
56% 43% 1%
  $100,000 or more
   (20%)
63% 37% 0%
Political philosophy Liberal
   (21%)
13% 86% 1%
Moderate
   (44%)
46% 54% 1%
  Conservative
   (36%)
86% 14% 0%
Party identity Democrat
   (34%)
8% 91% 1%
Republican
   (35%)
94% 6% 0%
  Independent/other
   (31%)
54% 45% 1%
Tea Party Support
   (36%)
93% 7% 0%
Neutral
   (27%)
53% 46% 2%
  Oppose
   (35%)
14% 86% 0%
Opinion of recent changes in state law limiting ability of government workers to collectively bargain over pay and benefits Approve
   (52%)
90% 10% 1%
Disapprove
   (47%)
10% 89% 1%
Opinion of how Scott Walker has handled creating jobs Approve
   (54%)
93% 6% 1%
Disapprove
   (45%)
3% 96% 1%
Do you or someone in your household belong to a labor union? Yes
   (33%)
38% 62% 1%
No
   (67%)
61% 39% 0%
Family’s financial situation compared to two years ago Better
   (20%)
52% 47% 0%
Worse
   (36%)
52% 48% 0%
  About the same
   (44%)
53% 46% 1%
If the presidential election were today, for whom would you vote? Barack Obama
   (51%)
18% 81% 1%
Mitt Romney
   (44%)
94% 6% 0%
  Would not vote
   (3%)
Who did you vote for in the 2010 election for governor? Tom Barrett
   (34%)
6% 94% 0%
Scott Walker
   (47%)
94% 6% 0%
  Someone else
   (4%)
  Did not vote
   (13%)
45% 53% 2%
Size of area City (>50,000)
   (21%)
37% 62% 1%
Suburb
   (47%)
56% 44% 0%
  Small city and rural
   (33%)
60% 39% 1%
Do you think recall elections are appropriate: For any reason
   (27%)
9% 90% 1%
Only for official misconduct
   (60%)
68% 31% 1%
  Never
   (10%)
94% 5% 1%

The exit poll was based on questionnaires completed by 2,457 voters on Tuesday as they left 35 randomly selected precincts throughout Wisconsin. The poll was conducted by Edison Research of Somerville, N.J. for the National Election Pool which consists of ABC News, The Associated Press, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, and NBC News.

In theory, in 19 cases out of 20, the results from such polls should differ by no more than plus or minus 4 percentage points from what would have been obtained by seeking to survey all voters who participated in the Wisconsin recall election. Results based on smaller sub-groups, like demographic groups or backers of a particular candidate, have a larger potential sampling error.

In addition to sampling error, the practical difficulties of conducting any survey of voter opinion on election day, like the reluctance of some voters to take time to fill out the questionnaire, may introduce other sources of error into the poll. Michael R. Kagay of Princeton, N.J. assisted The Times in its polling analysis.

More information:

Republican
Officeholder
Filing Date / District Signatures Required Petitions
Filed
Number of
Signatures
Democratic
Challenger
Governor

Scott Walker
Nov. 15, 2011 540,208 Jan. 17, 2012 900,000+ Tom Barrett
Mayor of Milwaukee
Lieutenant Governor

Rebecca Kleefisch
Nov. 15, 2011 540,208 Jan. 17, 2012 845,000
Mahlon Mitchell
President, Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin
13th Senate District

Scott Fitzgerald
Nov. 15, 2011 16,742 Jan. 17, 2012 20,600
Lori Compas
Small business owner,
Lori Compas Photography
21st Senate District

Van Wanggaard
Nov. 15, 2011 15,353 Jan. 17, 2012 24,000
John Lehman
Former teacher and legislator
23rd Senate District

Terry Moulton

Nov. 15, 2011 14,958 Jan. 17, 2012 21,000
Kristen Dexter
Former state representative
29th Senate District

Pam Galloway
(resigned)

Jerry Petrowski

Nov. 15, 2011 15,647 Jan. 17, 2012 21,000
Donna Seidel
State representative,
85th Assembly District

Early voting

You can vote early in person or request an absentee ballot by mail, email or fax. (Only registered voters may request absentee ballots.) If you make an error, you can request up to two additional ballots.
To vote early in person: Visit your local municipal clerk’s office before 5 p.m. the day before the election. To locate your clerk, go to bit.ly/WiClerks. If you are not registered to vote, you can register at the clerk’s office.
To request a ballot by mail: Download, complete and sign an application. You can find an application form at bit.ly/WiAbsenteeRequest. Your application must arrive at your local municipal clerk’s office by 5 p.m. the Thursday before the election.
To request a ballot by email: To locate your clerk’s email address, go to bit.ly/WiClerks. Your email must arrive by 5 p.m. the Thursday before the election. It should include your full name and address. After you send your email, print and sign a copy. Be sure to mail the signed copy with your completed ballot when you cast your vote, but do not place the copy inside the certified ballot envelope.
To request a ballot by fax: To locate your clerk’s fax number, go to bit.ly/WiClerks. Your fax must arrive by 5 p.m. the Thursday before the election. In order for your vote to be counted, you must sign the faxed request.
Your completed ballot must arrive at your local clerk’s office on Election Day.
Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board

Here are the results from the May 8 primary:

Governor- Democratic Special Primary
Wisconsin – 3250 of 3423 Precincts Reporting – 95%
Name Party Votes Vote %
Barrett, Tom Dem 348,477 58%
Falk, Kathleen Dem 209,978 35%
Vinehout, Kathleen Dem 24,525 4%
La Follette, Doug Dem 18,065 3%
Huber, Gladys Dem 4,473 1%

Governor – GOP Special Primary
Wisconsin – 3248 of 3423 Precincts Reporting – 95%
Name Party Votes Vote %
Walker, Scott (i) GOP 595,018 97%
Kohl-Riggs, Arthur GOP 18,426 3%

Lieutenant Governor – Democratic Special Primary
Wisconsin – 3248 of 3423 Precincts Reporting – 95%
Name Party Votes Vote %
Mitchell, Mahlon Dem 357,421 52%
Weix, Issac Dem 184,076 27%
Robins, Ira Dem 151,367 22%

State Senate – District 13 Special Democratic Primary
Wisconsin – 90 of 91 Precincts Reporting – 99%
Name Party Votes Vote %
Compas, Lori Dem 21,246 72%
Ellerman, Gary Dem 8,212 28%

State Senate – District 21 Special Democratic Primary
Wisconsin – 14 of 60 Precincts Reporting – 23%
Name Party Votes Vote %
Lehman, John Dem 4,770 59%
Varebrook, Tamra Dem 3,307 41%

State Senate – District 23 Special Democratic Primary

Wisconsin – 149 of 168 Precincts Reporting – 89%
Name Party Votes Vote %
Dexter, Kristen Dem 14,648 64%
Engel, James Dem 8,354 36%

State Senate – District 29 Special Democratic Primary
Wisconsin – 187 of 187 Precincts Reporting – 100%
Name Party Votes Vote %
Seidel, Donna Dem 17,920 64%
Buckley, Jim Dem 9,992 36%

Source: Results are from the Associated Press.

Here are the links to the candidates:

The Recall petition numbers for all six Republicans who were petitioned for recall show that the amount of signatures were a lot more than were needed. No matter how much money from out-of-state right-wing groups have tried to shut it down, the grassroots efforts to recall ALL the Republicans show that determination and conviction to taking Wisconsin back from Walker’s agenda is much stronger than Walker and his rubberstampers could ever realize. The Government Accountability Board has released the final list of candidates (PDF).

Officeholder Committee Name Filing Date Signatures Required Date Petitions Filed Estimated Number of Signatures
Walker Committee to Recall Walker November 15, 2011 540,208 January 17, 2012 1,000,000
Kleefisch Committee to Recall Kleefisch November 15, 2011 540,208 January 17, 2012 845,000
Fitzgerald Committee to Recall Scott Fitzgerald November 15, 2011 16,742 January 17, 2012 20,600
Wanggaard Committee to Recall Wanggaard November 15, 2011 15,353 January 17, 2012 24,000
Moulton Committee to Recall Moulton November 15, 2011 14,958 January 17, 2012 21,000
Galloway Recall Senator Pam Galloway November 15, 2011 15,647 January 17, 2012 21,000

Source: Government Accountability Board

Here is information about those Democrats running in the May 8 Democratic primary to then run against Scott Walekr on June 5:

Tom Barrett is Mayor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, serving since 2004. He ran for Governor of Wisconsin in November 2010, losing by a margin of 52 percent to 47 percent to Republican Scott Walker. Previously, Barrett served in the United States House of Representatives representing Wisconsin’s 5th congressional district from 1993 to 2003. He began his political career serving first in the Wisconsin State Assembly beginning in 1984, then in the Wisconsin State Senate from 1989 to 1993.

Web site: http://www.barrettforwisconsin.com

Kathleen Falk was the County Executive of Dane County, Wisconsin, serving from 1997 until 2011. In 2006, she was the Democratic Party nominee for the office of Attorney General of Wisconsin. She was an Assistant Attorney General and Public Intervenor in the Wisconsin Department of Justice from 1983 to 1997.

Web site: http://www.kathleenfalk.com

Kathleen Vinehout was elected to the Wisconsin Senate in 2006, succeeding Republican Incumbent Ron Brown. In her first term, Vinehout chaired the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Higher Education and served as Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Audit. Kathleen also served in a leadership position as Vice-chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus. Senator Vinehout also served as a member of the following Senate Committees; Economic Development; Children, Families and Work Force Development; Public Health, Senior Issues, Long Term Care and Job Creation.

Web site: http://kathleenvinehout.org/

Doug LaFollette is an American academic, environmental activist, and politician from the state of Wisconsin. He is the current Secretary of State of Wisconsin. La Follette was elected Secretary of State of Wisconsin in 1974. He unsuccessfully ran for Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin on a ticket with Governor Martin Schreiber in 1978. In 1982, he was again elected Secretary of State, defeating incumbent Vel Phillips. La Follette has been the Secretary of State of Wisconsin ever since.

Web site: http://www.douglafollette.com/

Here are the web links for the Democrats running in the recall elections against Republican state senators and against Rebecca Kleeefisch:

To follow the money with PACs putting lots of money into the recall elections, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign has a great list to use as a reference.

This web site has gathered tens of thousands of signatures from people who have signed the unofficial Recall Petition that started soon after Walker threw thousands of jobs and thousands of millions of dollars out the window when he rejected the rail project linking Madison to Milwaukee and offering countless of business opportunities for the state and its people. It obviously got worse from there, as indicated by the hundreds of articles (with gigabytes of video and photos) that this site has produced to try to keep up with the Walker madness.

There are many opportunities to contribute, to donate, to volunteer and to march forward with change that needs to rid Wisconsin of the reckless Walker/Fitzwalkerstan agenda. Feel free to visit these sites and do what you can.

Wisconsin Democratic Party
Our campaign to restore Wisconsin’s shared values begins with you. In less than a month we’ll need to mobilize, train and fund a grassroots army of volunteers to collect over 540,206 valid recall signatures. This is it. This is history. This is where Wisconsin makes a stand for workers and families.
Web site | Interactive Calendar of Events

Make sure to visit this site for details on volunteering, events and other very important information.

United Wisconsin
United Wisconsin is collaborating with numerous other grassroots groups, political leaders of all stripes, seniors, educators, veterans, and religious leaders of all faiths. United Wisconsin is guided by a Board of Directors with Functional Directors in Fundraising, Legal Affairs, Information Technology, Publicity, Marketing, and other areas. The PAC was founded by Michael Brown.
Web site

Recall Scott Walker (powered by One Wisconsin Now)
Governor Scott Walker has taken rights away from 175,000 workers, raised taxes on working seniors and working families, and increased tuition for students while cutting funding to public schools and universities in Wisconsin.
Web site

If you want to distribute a quarter-sheet or make a poster or handout with some of the reasons to recall Walker in your grassroots efforts, you can use these documents. The text for the handouts can be used in any way you wish:

WHY SCOTT WALKER NEEDS TO BE RECALLED

ATTACK ON WORKING FAMILIES
Didn’t campaign on the elimination of collective bargaining rights and then terminated collective bargaining for public employees, ending more than fifty years of bipartisan support and dividing the state

ATTACK ON WOMEN’S REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS
Signed legislation to eliminate programs for cancer screening, STD treatment, birth control and reproductive health support

ATTACK ON EDUCATION AND SCHOOLS
Nearly a billion dollars in cuts to education with restrictions on how school districts can make up for the cutbacks and programs

ATTACK ON INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS
By rejecting $810 million in stimulus funds for the Madison-Milwaukee train, thousands of jobs were lost and taxpayers have to pay for contracts that were cancelled due to careless incompetence

ATTACK ON THE ENVIRONMENT
Signed legislation repealing clean water testing, cut alternative energy programs using biomass and wind power that lost thousands of jobs

ATTACK ON DEMOCRACY AND VOTERS RIGHTS
Signed legislation for the most restrictive Voter ID law in the US based on unproven Fox News/Republican myth of voter fraud

THERE ARE MANY MORE REASONS TO RECALL WALKER

Find out more reasons on www.scottwalkerwatch.com

Volunteer: www.unitedwisconsin.comwww.wisdems.org

The main idea is to boil down the messaging to a quarter-sheet, which is a 8 1/2 x 11 inch printed document cut into four handouts. You can do volumes of information or do a documentary (we are) of all the reasons, but this can get the dialogue started.

Click to download quarter-sheet

Click to download full-page document

There are four Republican State Senators, elected in 2010, who will soon face possible recall efforts in 2012. Due to being Walker Rubberstampers in the past year, they have only themselves to blame for siding with Walker and attacking the people of Wisconsin with their fanatical loyalty and blind, cowardly obedience.

Recall these Walker Rubberstampers who:

  • Voted for ending collective bargaining for public workers and others with Act 10 and the Budget Repair Bill
  • Voted to slash $1.6 billion with public education funding while giving $35 million for private school vouchers for corporate-controlled charter schools
  • Voted for cutting over $500 million in medical assistance such as BadgerCare, which affects the poor, children, seniors and the disabled
  • Voted for raising taxes by $70 million on the people of Wisconsin while giving over $2 billion in tax breaks to Republican corporate donors
  • Voted for massive budget cuts against the University of Wisconsin and tech college systems
  • Voted for gerrymandering-driven redistricting maps that were corrupt and partisan
  • Helped pass the most restrictive voter ID law in the nation based on the myth of voter fraud and disenfranchising voters such as the poor, seniors, minorities, students and others
  • Voted for anti-science legislation and share the simplistic, uneducated view (like Walker) on wanting to stop promising advances in embryonic stem cell research which create jobs
  • Voted against reproductive rights for women and gay rights based on extremist theocratic views
  • Voted for conceal carry legislation that was seen by many in law enforcement who see it making the state more dangerous
  • Voted for anti-environmental legislation that will make Wisconsin natural resources dirtier, more toxic and under attack by corporate polluters
Senator Scott Fitzgerald
13th Senate District
Republican
Committee Name: Juneau
Committee to Recall Scott Fitzgerald
Filing Date:
November 15, 2011
Petition Due Date:
January 17, 2012
Signatures Required:
16,742
Recall Petition
PDF
Contact:
RecallFitz | FaceBook
Senator Pam Galloway
29th Senate District
Republican
Committee Name: Wausau
Recall Senator Pam Galloway
Filing Date:
November 15, 2011
Petition Due Date:
January 17, 2012
Signatures Required:
15,647
Recall Petition
PDF
Contact:
Wisconsin Democratic Party
Senator Terry Moulton
23rd Senate District
Republican
Committee Name: Chippewa Falls
Committee to Recall Moulton
Filing Date:
November 15, 2011
Petition Due Date:
January 17, 2012
Signatures Required:
14,958
Recall Petition
PDF
Contact:
Wisconsin Democratic Party
Senator Van Wanggaard
21st Senate District
Republican
Committee Name: Racine
Committee to Recall Wanggaard
Filing Date:
November 15, 2011
Petition Due Date:
January 17, 2012
Signatures Required:
15,353
Recall Petition
PDF
Contact:
Wisconsin Democratic Party
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