Reconsidering Wisconsin’s Constitutional Recall Provision: Should the Recalls be Recalled?

The Madison Lawyers Chapter
Start : Wednesday, July 18, 2012 11:30 AM
End : Wednesday, July 18, 2012 01:00 PM

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Madison Club
5 East Wilson Street
Madison, WI


  • Hon. Robin Vos, State Representative (R-Burlington), Co-Chair of Joint Committee on Finance
  • Professor Kenneth R. Mayer, Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin
  • Christian Schneider, Senior Fellow, Wisconsin Policy Research Institute

Wisconsin recently endured a historic stretch of recall elections of Wisconsin senators and the Governor. In less than a year, 13 state senators and the Governor faced recall elections. It was only the third time in U.S. history that a sitting Governor faced a recall election, and the first time ever that the Governor facing a recall won the election.

Wisconsin’s recall process is in the State Constitution. Article XIII of the Constitution does not require any grounds for filing a recall petition against an elected official. Currently, the only limitation is that the recall petition may not be filed until the elected official has served one year of his or her term, and a certain number of signatures must be obtained from Wisconsin citizens.

State Rep. Robin Vos (R-Burlington) has drafted Assembly Joint Resolution 63, which would amend the Wisconsin Constitution to provide that an elected official could only be recalled if he or she has been charged with a serious crime or if a finding of probable cause has been made that the elected official violated the state code of ethics. Assembly Joint Resolution 63 further provides that before a recall election is scheduled, the petition must demonstrate sufficient grounds for recall of the elected official.

The speakers will debate the pros and cons of amending the Wisconsin Constitution in light of the recent political turmoil involving the historic spate of recalls.

Registration details:

Cost: $15 Federalist Society Members, $20 Non-Federalist Society Members (Lunch included)

CLE Pending

Please RSVP by Monday, July 16 to: Andrew Cook – or (608) 219-4632.