GAB officials said that public places like the Capitol Square or city sidewalks are fair game and anyone can have the right to circulate petitions there.

At issue, however, are places that the public might access, like shopping malls or parking lots, which are technically private property. Circulators should have permission from any property owners to offer petitions, or could be asked to leave.

Other local government buildings, like schools, libraries or municipal buildings the GAB says are also subject to local guidelines, and don't necessarily mean groups have access.

Here is the GAB's issued opinion on the issue in a downloadable document (PDF Format)

HOW MUCH COULD THE ELECTION COST?

The GAB's estimate of their administrative costs is $652,699. They are gathering costs for an actual recall election from local governments and will have it by the end of November.

HOW LONG DO ORGANIZERS OF THE RECALL HAVE TO TURN IN PETITIONS?

The group United Wisconsin filed for recall at midnight on Nov. 15, 2011. The deadline for submitting more than 540,000 signatures was on Jan. 17, 2012.

Find more information from the GAB on the recall at this GAB site.