Kevin Kennedy of the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, which regulates and monitors elections, said recalling city officials is rare but not unusual. In recent months, the mayor of Sheboygan was ousted from office in a recall.
Prior to 2011 before the uproar over changes to collective bargaining for public employees, including teachers, only six state lawmakers had been targeted for recall and two were ousted, he said.
Since the passage of what became known as Act 10, Gov. Scott Walker and 13 state senators were subjects of recall elections, he said. Three of the senators lost their jobs, he said.