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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

 5:24 PM 

DPW to appeal GAB certification of recalls against Dem senators

The state Dem Party went to Dane County court today to challenge the GAB’s certification of recall elections against three of its state senators.

The complaint raises similar issues to the ones the party brought before the Government Accountability Board in seeking to stop the recall elections of Dave Hansen, Jim Holperin and Bob Wirch, raising a series of allegations that fraud was committed in collecting the signatures to trigger those elections. The GAB certified all three elections over the Dem objections.

The allegations raised in the complaint include:
*circulators listed false addresses for themselves on the petitions they circulated.
*because the circulators engaged in fraud by listing the false addresses, the petitions they circulated should be thrown out.
*two circulators fraudulently certified petitions that were actually done by others.

The party argues state law allows greater protections against such fraud than what the GAB considered in certifying the elections.

"The GAB agreed that out-of-state circulators hired by the Republican Party to gather recall signatures committed repeated and flagrant acts of election fraud upon the people of Wisconsin," said Dem state Chair Mike Tate. "A higher authority should review this stunning conspiracy to defraud the voters, and throw out all the signatures gathered by these deceitful circulators."

DPW spokeswoman Gillian Morris said the party will not seek an order that would delay the elections while the courts consider the request to stop them.

-- By Staff

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