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Monday, November 14, 2011

 4:27 PM 

Both parties gear up for start of Walker recall

With the effort to recall Gov. Scott Walker set to officially kick off at midnight, some recall supporters will gather throughout the state hoping to be among the first to sign recall petitions in just a few hours.

Organizers are set to electronically file recall papers against Walker with the Government Accountability Board tonight. An agency spokesman said the papers would show up on the GAB's campaign finance database once an official hard copy of the registration is submitted to the board.

United Wisconsin -- the group charged with organizing the recall effort -- is hosting its kickoff event at Hawk's Pub & Grill on State Street in downtown Madison starting at 9:30 p.m., while the Dem Party will host other gatherings in the capital city at its east and west side recall offices closer to midnight.

The party says midnight signing events are also set for Milwaukee, West Allis, Elkhorn, Beaver Dam, La Crosse, Eau Claire and Wausau. Recall rallies have also been scheduled for tomorrow in Milwaukee, La Crosse and Stevens Point.

In addition, the state Dem Party today announced the names of nine individuals who'll be the first to sign recall papers after winning the party's "First to Sign" contest.

See details of tonight's recall events and tomorrow's rallies

Meanwhile the state GOP announced the launch of its "Recall Integrity Center" website, a clearinghouse for reporting "fraudulent activity in your community."

"Voters can submit videos, recordings, photos and incident reports, which will be investigated by RPW staff and retired law enforcement and FBI agents, to ensure that any Democrats who attempt to use any type of fraud in order to meet the required number of signatures by law will be held accountable for their actions," Executive Director Stephan Thompson said.

Dems charged that the website represents "an effort to intimidate petition circulators and signers and frighten them away from exercising their constitutional right to exercise the recall tool."

"Given the dirty tricks and deception that have become the hallmark of Scott Walker's political machine, it comes as no shock that his Republican Party has devised a scheme to wreak havoc and sow confusion as Wisconsin begins a recall that will hold him accountable," responded DPW Chairman Mike Tate.

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