Effort To Recall WI Governor Tony Evers Picks Up Steam
It seems like Wisconsin has a history with recalling (or attempting) to recall their governors. A petition drive to recall current Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has been started, with paperwork being filed on August 28. Petitioner Misty Polewczynski filed the application - which now gives her 60 days to obtain the necessary 670,000 signatures to get the issue to the ballot. Polewzynski's petition drive is also looking to obtain the signatures needed to recall Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes.
According to news sources, the reasons cited for the recall drive are Evers' recent responses to both the COVID-19 Pandemic and the protests in Kenosha. Evers' original Safer at Home Order was revered by the State Supreme Court - which ruled that it was "unlawful". More recently, Evers has taken criticism for his response to the protests in Kenosha. Polewzynski shared this about Evers:
"The unconstitutional mandates and lockdowns have cost citizens their businesses, home, jobs and livelihood. His tolerance of violence and giving into irrational demands along with the issuance of premature statements has not only put the safety of the citizens and their property in danger, but also placed the lives of law enforcement and reliability of the justice system in danger."
For their part, Wisconsin Democrats are standing firmly behind the governor. The Democratic Party issued the following written statement about the recall efforts: "Trying to recall a governor with a 57% job approval rating in the midst of a global pandemic and civil unrest is irresponsible and absurd."
State law mandates that recall petitioners obtain signatures that total at least 25% of the vote from the last election for that office. News sources show that based on those calculations, the recall effort against Evers needs 668,327 signatures in order to force the state into holding a recall election.