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Friday, February 3, 2012

 3:39 PM 

GAB to discuss court decision at Tuesday's meeting

A GAB spokesman said the board will discuss today's appeals court ruling during closed session at its meeting Tuesday.

Reid Magney said the agency does not have any comment on the ruling at this time.

Following Waukesha County Judge Mac Davis' decision last month, the GAB announced plans to purchase software that it would use to scan recall petitions to aid it in checking for duplicative or problematic signatures. In the past, the GAB has done limited reviews of recall petitions to ensure the forms were filled out properly, but has left challenging signatures to the recall targets.

The Dem Party has complained that amounted to changing the standards for how the GAB handled recall petitions.

"This is a major step toward bringing some sanity back to this and bringing back the same review process to what every recall has had," said attorney Jeremy Levinson, who represented the recall committees.

State GOP executive director Stephan Thompson, a party to the suit, encouraged the GAB to continue with the more stringent checks of the recall petitions.

"The Government Accountability Board has stated that it is committed to removing fraudulent and duplicate signatures during its verification of Recall Petitions," Thompson said. "Today's appeals court ruling does not invalidate the need for heightened transparency and integrity in this process, and we encourage the GAB to continue its effort to ensure that Wisconsin electors are not treated unfairly in this process."

-- By Staff

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