Recall target Kapanke challenges signatures

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Lawyers for a Wisconsin state senator targeted for a recall say the petition should be thrown out due to missing paperwork.

Attorneys for Republican Sen. Dan Kapanke of La Crosse filed a formal challenge to the petition Friday.

They say recall organizer Patrick Scheller never properly registered with the state so state elections officials should throw out all 22,975 signatures collected to recall Kapanke.

Kapanke's attorneys also challenged hundreds of signatures individually. They claim some petition organizers either collected signatures incorrectly or took them from residents outside of Kapanke's district.

The organizers have five days to file a rebuttal to Kapanke's challenge. Kapanke then has another two days to respond. Election officials will then have 14 days to either approve or reject the petition.

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