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Group prepares to launch recall effort against Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway

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MADISON(WKOW) -- A group says it is trying to recall Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway.

The organization called "Recall Satya 2020" says after recent shutdowns and riots, Madison is more dangerous under Rhode's Conway's leadership and that she refuses to listen to the people. The group plans to start circulating petitions in July. They also launched a website.

Mayor Rhode-Conway responded in a 27 News interview.

Organizers will need to get 36,204 signatures from eligible Madison voters to initiate a recall, according to Wisconsin statutes. That number represents 25 percent of all votes cast within the city in the last gubernatorial election.

From the day they file intent with the city clerk, the group will have 60 days to gather the signatures.

If they can gain the needed support, an election will follow on the sixth Tuesday following the day the petition is submitted to the clerk's office. If the Tuesday is a holiday, then law dictates the city hold an election the first following day that is not a holiday.

While preparations for the election are underway, the clerk's office will have 31 days to verify the signatures on the ballot.

During the 10-day period after the recall petition is filed, Rhodes-Conway would have the opportunity to challenge the legitimacy of signatures she believes to be ineligible.

Rhodes-Conway would automatically qualify for the ballot if an election is held. All others will need to declare their candidacy and turn in nomination papers four weeks before the election.

If more than two candidates qualify to appear on the ballot, then the election day becomes a primary. The two candidates with most votes advance to a general recall election on the fourth following Tuesday. If any of the candidates in the primary receive a majority of the vote, then they are declared the winner and no general election is held.

The election's outcome would decide who fills the remainder of the mayoral term.

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