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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion: Wisconsin Constitution Requires a Separate Petition for Recall of Governor and Lieutenant Governor


Electors to vote for each office separately if constitutional recall election for each officer is triggered


MADISON — Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen issued a formal opinion today concluding that the Wisconsin Constitution's recall provisions apply independently to the Office of Governor and the Office of Lieutenant Governor. If the constitutional requirements for a recall election are met with respect to one officer, only that office will appear on the ballot in a recall election. If both officers were to be recalled, recall elections would be held for each office and electors would vote for those offices independently.


In the general election, as opposed to a recall election, the Governor and Lieutenant Governor are jointly elected as a partisan ticket.


Formal and informal opinions issued by Attorney General Van Hollen are available here.


A copy of the Attorney General's opinion is available at the following link:


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