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About Recalls in Wisconsin

Recall gives voters the right to reconsider their choice of an elected official; however, it does not automatically result in removal of an official from office. It provides an opportunity for voters to require an elected official to run for office again before the expiration of his or her term.

An official must be in office for one year before a recall can be initiated. 

The number of signatures required to trigger a recall is one-quarter of the number of votes cast for governor in the most recent gubernatorial election. 

The requirements for initiating recall efforts are very specific and must be carefully followed.  Please consult the recall manuals below.

The Government Accountability Board is providing information about the number of signatures required to trigger a recall in certain Senate districts in response to numerous requests from the public about the subject.  Anyone considering conducting a recall petition effort should contact the G.A.B. staff at 608-266-8005.

Click here for information about the 2011 State Senate Recalls.