Wisconsin recall election: Gov. Scott Walker
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Chicago Tribune - Wisconsin’s fierce and emotional recall battle for governor appeared headed for a possible photo finish Tuesday as voters swarmed the polls
: “I think we're having presidential turnout,” said Kenosha County Clerk Mary Schuch-Krebs as she watched voters flood the polls to choose between retaining Republican Scott Walker as governor or replacing him with Democrat Tom Barrett... This was only the third time in U.S. history that any state has voted on whether to recall its governor. Tuesday’s battle was effectively a redo of the 2010 race for governor between Walker and Barrett, which Walker won by 5 percentage points.
TwinCities.com - Wisconsin recall: Turnout 'just wild' at polling stations around state
Voters and public officials are reporting long lines at many Wisconsin polling places Tuesday, June 5 -- with Dane County Clerk Karen Peters calling the local turnout "just wild" so far. "It ranges from 28 to 42 percent already; it is a huge turnout. We could hit 80 to 88 percent," Peters said of Dane County's turnout... The race is widely viewed as one of the most significant contests nationally this year outside of the presidential race. The lieutenant governor's job, along with four state Senate seats, are also up for recall. "Everything leading up to this election, it completely felt like a presidential (election)," said Witzel-Behl, speaking of the workload, number of officials needed for the polls and the number of absentee ballots her office received prior to the election.
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram - Wisconsin voters divided on bargaining
Those participating in Tuesday's election to recall Gov. Scott Walker were evenly split on the Republican-backed law that ended collective bargaining for state government workers — about half approved and half disapproved — and passionately divided on the GOP governor's handling of the issue. About half also said they had a favorable opinion of unions for government workers, while just over 4 in 10 viewed them unfavorably. Those were the key findings of preliminary exit polls conducted Tuesday for The Associated Press...
The Guardian: Wisconsin recall election results – live coverage
"8pm: Wisconsin's recall election has been a year in the making – and it all comes down to tonight, with polls in the Badger state closing in one hour and governor Scott Walker's fate decided. Already there is talk of recounts and legal challenges – most likely if the result is close, to within less than 10,000 votes – and anecdotal evidence suggests some parts of the state have seen high turnout, raising the prospect of a long and bitter fight."
previously on MeFi:
Feb. 13 2011: "An assault on unions is an assault on democracy itself"
Feb. 17 2011: Public Workers Protest in Madison
Feb. 19 2011: 'There is a stench in this body!'
Feb. 23 2011: Wisconsin O'Keefed?
March 1 2011: Wisconistan
March 9 2011: A Half-Century of Rights, Gone
March 30 2011: Constitutional Crisis in Curdistan
Apri 5 2011: Scott Walker Pays $81.5K Gov’t Salary to Drunk-Driving Loser Son of Crony
April 7 2011: Waukeshocker
May 20 2011: "Gov. Scott Walker wants to stop defending hospital visitation rights for same sex couples"
July 26 2011: Voting in Wisconsin Just Became A Lot More Difficult
August 10 2011: Wisconsin recall efforts fall short amid corruption fears
Dec. 15 2011: "Republican Governor Scott Walker filed suit against the non partisan Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB)... This comes hot on the heels of an announcement by Wisconsin Dems that they have reached 500,000 signatures of the 750,000 desired in the recall effort against him in just a few weeks - at a rate of roughly 25,000 signatures per day."
Jan. 17 2012: A Million Wisconsinites Petition to Recall Scott Walker
April 9 2012: "As the recall of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker draws near, the governor has quietly signed "dozens" of bills into Wisconsin law, including anti-abortion, pro abstinence education only laws, the repeal of the Equal Pay law,, a bill prohibiting insurance plans from covering some abortions, and a bill banning damages in employment discrimination suits."