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On Wisconsin's recall law


Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks to the media yesterday at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport in Eau Claire, Wis.

From NBC's John Yang
Wisconsin law allows for the recall of any elected official -- even members of Congress, though that hasn't been tested in federal court -- including the governor. But a recall effort cannot be launched until the official has been in office for a fulll year. So the earliest an attempt could be made to recall Gov. Scott Walker (R) would be Jan. 2012.

To hold a recall election, petitioners must collect signatures equal to 25% of all the votes cast in the most recent gubernatorial election -- in this case, about 533,000 signatures -- within 60 days of filing. And, of course, those signatures are subject to challenge. If a recall election is held and the elected official is not recalled -- that is, wins the recall election -- he cannot be the target of a recall drive for the rest of his term.

In Wisconsin, there are currently recall petition drives underway against eight Republican senators and eight Democratic senators.