Wisconsin Recall Voters Have Strong Opinions

What’s the recall election today in Wisconsin all about? A Governor overstepping his authority, unions being crushed, legislation that was crammed “down the throats” of the state, voter anger and all of the above.

One apparently Democratic voter says Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker is a “puppet”. Several apparently Republican voters say the recall election is “ridiculous” and “silly”.

Those type of strong opinions are driving record turnout in some Hudson, Wisconsin wards today. At stake in the six recall elections is control of the state’s Senate and possibly reversing the radical direction Wisconsin has taken against unions. Earlier this year the state passed a law that could essentially end unions for state workers. A few weeks later, recall petitions brought about today’s elections.

In the western Wisconsin town of Hudson, voters are deciding whether to keep Republican Sheila Harsdorf or elect her Democratic opponent Shelly Moore.

Voters who turned out agreed very little on their view of the election except that they were all tired of the commercials, phone calls and mail generated by the campaigns and other groups. Spending on just the Harsdorf recall election is estimated around $5 million dollars.

Moore’s workers say the election will be close. Moore handily won the primary over a “fake Democrat” Republicans put up to run against her. But her margin of victory was smaller than most of the other Democrats who won recall primaries.

What’s at state for voters isn’t just an election. Several mentioned they want to repudiate the corporate spending that has driven “movements” such as the Tea Party.

“I don’t want to live in a kingdom”, said one voter. “I want to live in a democracy.”

Bill Sorem

Bill Sorem is a longtime advertising professional who started with Campbell Mithun and ended up with his own agency. After a tour as a sailing fleet manager in the Virgin Islands he turned to database programming as an independent consultant. He has written sailing guides for the British Virgin Islands and Belize, and written for a number of blogs. In 2010, he volunteered as a citizen journalist with The UpTake and has stayed on as a video reporter.

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