Getting legitimate signatures equal to 25 percent of the total vote in the last election in only 60 days is an extremely tough task for Democrats hoping to recall some of Wisconsin’s Republican state senators, but so far, they are off to a very good start. From Greg Sargent:
Graeme Zielinski, a spokesman for the party, tells me that activists working on the recall push already collected over the weekend 15 percent of the total necessary signatures needed to force recalls in all eight of the GOP districts Dems are targeting. He says that the party — which is helping to coordinate and keeping track of outside efforts to gather signatures — set itself a goal of 10,000 signatures for the weekend, and has already exceeded it by 35 percent.
Zielinski also claims that recall forces over the weekend put more than 2,000 volunteers on the street to collect signatures. He also says volunteers have collected 26 percent of the signatures required in one district, and 20 percent in another, though he wouldn’t say which ones, because Dems want GOP senators to fret that they are the ones in question.
If labor activists actually succeed in this Wisconsin recall push, it would be an important sign for other states where unions will need to use other signature-gathering tactics to protect their collective bargaining rights.
In Ohio, union leaders are considering stopping the anti-union law, SB 5, by submitting it to a statewide referendum. The referendum process in Ohio provides a longer time period to gather signatures and lower relative number of signatures required, just six percent of the total vote for governor. If organizers succeed with the very tough recall task in Wisconsin, it will make this referendum effort seem considerably more achievable.