"Over a million" signatures collected to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
Post by Emily Mills on 1/17/2012 3:01pm
In a press conference shortly before 3,000 pounds of petitions were to be dropped at the offices of the Government Accountability Board on Tuesday afternoon, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin and United Wisconsin announced that the campaign to recall Gov. Scott Walker from office had collected "over a million" signatures.
The campaign has also gathered over 850,000 signatures to recall Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, over 21,000 signatures for Republican Sens. Terry Moulton and Pam Galloway, and over 24,000 for Sen. Van Wanggaard.
“We very clearly believe that there is no challenge, both legal or otherwise, that will prevent these elections from going forward,” said DPW Chair Mike Tate. “Scott Walker is going to be recalled. It’s just a matter of how long the Walker campaign and the Government Accountability Board want to drag out this process to guarantee an election.”
“This represents the most participated-in major recall effort in American history,” noted United Wisconsin vice chair Ryan Lawler. “The collection of more than one million signatures is a crystal clear indication of how strong the appetite is to stop the damage and turmoil that Gov. Walker has caused Wisconsin.
“What we have accomplished is incredible.”
Once the signatures are delivered the GAB then has 60 days to process and certify the results. Normally there are just 30 days allotted for signature verification but the GAB has already asked for and received an extension.
GAB director Kevin Kennedy has stated that the board will likely require more than that 60 day time period for the review, after a Waukesha judge ordered that the GAB was responsible for a more thorough vetting of the signatures.
But Jeremy Levinson, legal council to the recall committees, called on GAB to complete the verification process quickly. “The process before GAB as it’s existed for decades is very straight-forward and very effective,” said Levinson. “Given the numbers we’ve turned in there will be no problem in very quickly ascertaining that we have, in each of these, triggered the recall election and gone beyond that.
“The right to recall is a constitutional right enshrined in the Wisconsin constitution…it is a sacred right, just as important as the right to vote.”
The DPW and UW could not cite a specific number for signatures gathered as there were still petitions being dropped off at their offices this morning.
VIDEO: Mike Tate announces the numbers
Emily Mills is Editor-At-Large for Dane101, as well as Editor of Our Lives Magazine. She is also a freelance writer, photographer, actor, and musician (drummer and singer in local band Little Red Wolf). Originally from several states up and down the Midwest Emily has called Madison home since 2000. Contact her at