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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

 1:30 PM 

Recall organizers say they have more than 1 million signatures against Walker

Recall organizers said they collected more than 1 million signatures to recall Gov. Scott Walker and urged the GAB to quickly certify an election.

State Dem Chair Mike Tate said the party would oppose any efforts by the Government Accountability Board to unnecessarily delay certifying an election. He also suggested the agency should certify an election once it counts the 540,208 valid signatures needed and could then finish going through the rest later.

“We clearly believe there is no challenge, legal or otherwise, that would prevent the recalls from going forward,” Tate said.

Tate said the party did not have exact numbers because signatures continued to roll in this morning. But he said in addition to the more than 1 million against Walker, recall organizers had more than 845,000 against Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, more than 21,000 against state Sen. Terry Moulton of Chippewa Falls, more than 21,000 against state Sen. Pam Galloway of Wausau and more than 24,000 against Van Wanggaard of Racine.

Tate said recall organizers checked petitions in an attempt to strike duplicative or fraudulent signatures. He said he did not have a number on how many were pulled from the petitions, saying some of the inappropriate signatures were caught in the field before the petitions were turned in.

Still, he said he expected some problematic signatures would be found and called for the prosecution of anyone who fraudulently signed the petitions.

-- By JR Ross

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