Without such an extension/consolidation maneuver, it's possible that recalls would take place over several weeks, going one at a time. Instead, the GAB's request would put them on one day -- a mega-recall day covering a quarter of the chamber.
The state Senate currently has a 19-14 Republican majority, with Democrats hoping to pick up three seats in recall elections and win a majority, in a backlash against Gov. Scott Walker's anti-public employee union legislation. In order to initiate a recall, signatures of at least 25 percent of the number of voters in the previous gubernatorial election, within the targeted district, must be collected in a 60-day window.
Also, while the GAB's filing lists eight recalls that have been filed for review thus far, the number is actually set to grow to nine or more. Democrats are set to file signatures on Thursday against GOP state Sen. Rob Cowles, and have already filed recall signatures against five other Republicans: Dan Kapanke, Randy Hopper, Luther Olsen, Sheila Harsdorf and Alberta Darling. Republicans have filed recall signatures against three Democrats: Dave Hansen, Jim Holperin and Robert Wirch.
Under Wisconsin's recall law, elected officials must have served at least one year of their term before being recalled -- thus exempting the half of the Senate that was just elected in 2010. In addition, Dems have also declared their intention to recall Walker himself next year, when the one-year exemption runs out.