Wisconsin’s recall of Governor Scott Walker concludes on June 5, 2012, as voters take to the polls. Petition Partners, a company offering petition management and other campaign assistance, has tips to help Wisconsin run a successful election.
June 4, 2012
After Governor Scott Walker attempted to limit state employees’ collective bargaining rights, he unleashed a firestorm of protests and anger. As a result, voters in the state will decide on Tuesday, June 5, whether to remove him from office or not. The decision will play a major role in US history. If recalled, Walker will become only the third governor ever pulled out of office early by a vote.
Walker’s fate, and the fate of Wisconsin, now lies in the votes of the citizens. Both sides, Democrat and Republican, can benefit from outside help, notes Petition Partners. Petition Partners is keeping a sharp eye on the election. The firm provides polling and canvassing services to politicians across the country.
At the 11th hour, canvassing and encouraging people to get out and vote is what each candidate needs to win, according to Petition Partners. A low voter turnout could make or break the election for Walker or the Democrat running against him, Tom Barrett, currently the mayor of Milwaukee.
Both candidates can benefit from personal interaction with voters. That means having people who support either Walker or Barrett approach other potential voters. In some cases, simply asking a person if they plan on voting on Tuesday could sway them to do so. Both candidates are making use of volunteers and staff to call up voters or visit them door to door.
What sets this race apart from many other elections, besides the fact that it is a recall election, is that voters seem to have made up their minds already. Usually, candidates campaign until the last minute, trying to reach undecided voters. In this case, notes Petition Partners, most people have decided on a candidate. They simply have not decided if they want to vote.
Petition Partners was founded in 2001, just after the presidential election. The company, based in Phoenix, AZ, helps politicians collect signatures for petitions and for ballot initiatives. The company provides signature verification to make sure each petition is valid. They also provide a range of other services related to elections, including creating signs for campaigns, canvassing and exit polling.