August 22, 2014

Wisconsin’s historic election with a twist

Campaigning together, but not running mates.

Depending on the outcome of the June 5th recall election, Wisconsin could have a Republican governor and Democratic lieutenant governor, or vice versa. Reid Magney of the Government Accountability Board says that wouldn’t happen during the regular election cycle, but recalls are different. “In the, I believe, early 1970s the state law was changed to basically have the governor and lieutenant governor run as a ticket, that’s on a normal election, but they didn’t change the law as far as recalls were concerned.”

That means, considering Governor Walker and Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch were recalled separately, they will run on separate tickets in the general election. Democrats Tom Barrett and Mahlon Mitchell will also be on separate tickets.

Magney says he’s getting a lot of questions about that issue. “These are things that we don’t normally deal with and people have questions about it, but I don’t think there’s confusion. When we get to June 5th, people will see a ballot and they will see separate lines for governor and lieutenant governor.”

Magney says when the legislature passed the same-ticket general election rules in the 1970s, he doesn’t know why they didn’t cover recalls.

AUDIO: Jackie Johnson report 1:15

Contributor Rick Schuh, WHBY