Starting on November 15, activists around Wisconsin trudged door-to-door, collecting signatures for petitions to recall Governor Walker, four Republican state senators and the state’s Republican Lieutenant Governor. The effort needed 540,208 valid signatures to recall Walker, and instead collected over 1 million signatures by the January 17 filing date. The Government Accountability Board of Wisconsin is now reviewing the signatures and six weeks after the signatures are verified, Walker will face a recall election.
No one knows exactly how the fight will play out. Walker and Republican governors in other states who followed Walker’s lead will face recalls, referendums, and revolts. In Ohio, where labor led and Democrats followed, the results were spectacular—a 61–39 landslide for labor rights in the November 2011, referendum vote. But there are no guarantees that state-based initiatives will always be so well-focused and successful. But to get a sense of the steps forward for Wisconsin and America’s uprising, look forward to John Nichols’s article in this week’s issue of The Nation.
Erin Schikowski contributed research for this slide show.
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