Judge: Voters should assume recall elections are valid

CREATED Jun. 22, 2011

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A judge says voters should assume that all nine recall elections will go forward while lawsuits challenging their legitimacy are pending.
  
Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess said at a hearing Wednesday that he anticipates ruling in the cases before the first primaries scheduled for July 12.
  
Attorneys for the six Republican and three Democratic state senators targeted for recalls are seeking to overturn the Government Accountability Board's decision to set the elections, citing problems with the recall petitions.
  
Attorneys for both sides as well as the GAB agreed on Wednesday to combine the separate lawsuits into one to help facilitate a quick decision.
  
The attorney for the Republicans suggested delaying the July 12 primaries to July 19 but Niess rejected that.
  
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