January 17th, 2012
01:25 AM ET

Tuesday is deadline in Wisconsin governor recall battle

The Wisconsin Democratic Party has until Tuesday to submit at least 540,208 signatures in order to seek a recall of first-term Republican Governor Scott Walker, who drew the ire of labor unions and public school teachers after he stripped public employees of their collective bargaining rights.

The party has said that it is confident that it will have the signatures needed and has said it is working to significantly exceed the required number.

The number of required signatures is equal to one quarter of the number of votes cast for governor in the previous election.

"We think we are going to hit or exceed 720,000 signatures. I think it's going to be a very impressive number that we hand in beyond any challenge that this election is going to happen," Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate told CNN affiliate WTMJ.

Walker's administration gained national attention last year when he, along with Republican legislators, pushed forward a bill to cut state workers' collective bargaining rights. That bill was signed into law in March, following weeks of protests at the state capitol building in Madison.

This would be the first time in Wisconsin's history that a governor has faced recall.

In fact, there have only been two successful gubernatorial recalls in United States history, that of California Governor Gray Davis in 2003 and that of North Dakota Governor Lynn Frazier in 1921.

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  1. Scottish Mama

    Hand it in early. Don't miss the deadline. They will try to get it dismissed on just the pages are not in order. Be careful.

    January 17, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. Pete

    The way I hear it,they have plenty of votes and Walker has been given tranquilizers.If it works they'll all go Haley,Ohios gov,NJ slug Christie and the rest.Their all shaking in their boots,just like Repubs in Congress,those that believe obstuctionism is helping their cause,nothing their corporate masters can do now,can't buy all the votes,like Bush did with brother Jeb in Florida,REMEMBER REPUB HYPOCRITES.You are all history,case closed...

    January 17, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |