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Six fake Democrats allowed on Wis. recall ballot as protest candidates
MADISON- Wisconsin's elections board has voted unanimously to allow six Republicans running as Democrats to appear on the ballot in upcoming recall elections.
The state Government Accountability Board voted Tuesday to allow the candidates to run because state law doesn't require people to prove they belong to any political party before they can run for office.
Democrats objected, saying the candidates falsely represented themselves and therefore filed fraudulent paperwork.
The recalls target Republican Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and three incumbent senators. A fourth Senate seat is open.
Republicans say the goal was to ensure there is a primary in all the races so the general election will be on the same date. The primary is May 8 and the general election is June 5.
"We're pleased with today's certification that all protest candidates will appear on the May 8th primary ballot," said Republican Party of Wisconsin spokesman Ben Sparks.
"These candidates are running to ensure election fairness, and today’s ruling guarantees that there is one primary and one general election date for all candidates facing a recall."
"Today is yet one more ethical low for Scott Walker, with the certification of candidates whose only purpose is to give him advantage in elections called for under the rules of the Wisconsin Constitution," said Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chairman Mike Tate in a statement.
"Scott Walker has no regard for ethics, just as it is becoming clearer that he has no regard for the law. Today represents another stain on Wisconsin's history and traditions of fair play.
Both parties ran protest candidates during the 2011 recall elections in Wisconsin.