The organizers of the “Recall Governor Scott Walker” movement have reached 90% of the number of signatures needed to force a recall Election of the embattled Governor of Wisconsin. For those that don’t know, Governor Scott Walker was elected in 2010 in Wisconsin and enraged the populace when he shoved anti-labor union and worker measures through the Republican legislature.
The Democrats and the pro-labor people (not necessarily all Democrats) shoved back. A group called United Wisconsin started collecting signatures to recall Governor Walker and several GOP state senators.
MADISON — Organizers of the historic recall effort against Gov. Scott Walker announced on Thursday that they have collected more than half a million signatures, a milestone that puts them more than 90 percent of the way toward the number needed to trigger an election.
Republicans pushed back with a lawsuit challenging the state board that oversees elections in Wisconsin, saying it doesn’t do enough to make sure the names on recall petitions are valid.
The announcement by officials with the Democratic Party of Wisconsin and the recall organization, United Wisconsin, comes with one month left before the deadline to turn in the 540,208 signatures needed to force Walker back onto the campaign trail.
The challenge to the signatures will be a daunting task for Republicans because of the sheer volume of names needed to check. But the Republicans will try.
Currently, it’s the responsibility of Scott Walker’s campaign to challenge any signatures they find suspicious within 10 days of the petition’s filing. The Wisconsin Republican Party says that means they would have the impossible task of examining and verifying more than 540,000 signatures in 10 days – averaging to over 50,000 signatures a day.
The lawsuit asks the court to direct the Government Accountability Board to “look for and eliminate facially duplicative signatures, patently fictitious names and illegible addresses during their careful examination of the petition.”
Republican Party spokesperson Ben Sparks also hit back against the signature collection itself, telling the AP in a statement, “We have no doubt the Democrats are rallying their left-wing base around their blatant power grab for the governor’s mansion.”
Organizers have a goal of over 750,000 signatures in order to withstand any challenges to their signatures. Along with Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, recall organizers have targeted four Republican senators for recall: Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau, Pam Galloway of Wausau, Van Wanggaard of Racine and Terry Moulton of Chippewa Falls.
Democrats will then have to find candidates to run for Governor and Lt. Governor. The favorite to run is former United States Senator Russ Feingold, but he has stated he is not interested. Organizers are confident they will find a capable candidate to run against Walker.
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