According to United Wisconsin, the group behind effort to recall Governor Scott Walker, as of December 19 volunteers had collected 507,533 of the 540,208 signatures needed to force the special gubernatorial election.
The group has hopes of collecting over 720,000 signatures, which “would represent 33 percent of the 2010 general election turnout and nearly 21 percent of all Wisconsin registered voters,” reported Reuters News.
The signatures will have to be submitted to the state’s Government Accountability Board (GAB) to verify before the recall effort can proceed. GAB officials estimate the process itself could take more than a month.
But indications of potential fraud in the petition collection process has prompted Governor Walker’s campaign team to file a lawsuit asking a judge to order the GAB to ferret out and eliminate duplicate signatures, obviously fake entries, and illegible addresses — a job the GAB insists it is not required by law to do. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported that during a press conference, “Walker mentioned a news report of a person saying he signed a recall petition at least 80 times as a sign that the GAB should take additional steps to review the petitions.”
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