UPDATE: Wis. judge: Remove fake names from recall petition

By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email
By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- A Waukesha County judge has ordered state election officials to "take affirmative steps" to remove fake or duplicate names from recall petitions.

Judge Mac Davis ruled Thursday that the Government Accountability Board needs to strengthen the process by which it confirms whether signatures are valid.

The board has said its job is to verify that addresses are legitimate, and that it's up to the targeted office-holders to challenge fake names such as Bugs Bunny. But Davis said the board is obligated to remove obviously fake names, as well as duplicate and illegible signatures.

The ruling comes in a lawsuit filed by Gov. Scott Walker's campaign and another party, in response to comments the board made about how it plans to validate petitions seeking Walker's recall.


WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- A Waukesha County judge is preparing to hear arguments in a lawsuit that will determine how the state elections board handles petition signatures.

The plaintiffs include Gov. Scott Walker's campaign. They want to challenge the way the Government Accountability Board validates signatures on petitions to recall Walker.

The lawsuit wants the board to look for and eliminate duplicate signatures, illegible signatures and obviously fake names. The board counters that state law requires it to presume signatures are valid as long as they're properly dated and have Wisconsin addresses. It says the burden of challenging signatures is on the office-holder being targeted.

The judge is scheduled to hear arguments Thursday afternoon.

The recall effort was motivated in part because of Walker's proposal that effectively ended collective-bargaining rights for public workers.

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  • by Anonymous on Jan 7, 2012 at 02:09 PM
    What does someone want to bet that the same people who are going around putting fake names on recall petitions, are probably some of the biggest advocates of the voter i.d. bill to "protect the integrity of elections".
  • by tl Location: cf on Jan 7, 2012 at 11:28 AM
    the fact is majority want walker recalled. it's been this way since he got in office. now money is being spent because "certain people" think names are being faked. ha! it will happen one way or another. all walkers little commercials about debt being eliminated are lies. it's still there and thousands of people if not a million people are ready for him to leave.
  • by lucy Location: Eau Claire on Jan 7, 2012 at 07:22 AM
    Wow that would be as bad as putting fake democrats in there just to win an election!
  • by Kim Location: Faramland on Jan 7, 2012 at 05:57 AM
    Have you seen Scott Walker's signature?! It would be disqualified as illegible.
  • by Hank on Jan 6, 2012 at 10:10 PM
    China does not have unions- need I say more?
  • by Anonymous on Jan 6, 2012 at 09:16 PM
    I believe all petitions should be legitimate. I'm so sick of Walker. Just another way of making it harder to do a recall. I really wish instead of a recall Wisconsin would have had the same laws as Ohio where the people were able to vote and repeal ridiculous laws like our state Republicans have done. It's better because the Governor of Ohio John Kasich is just going to look like a fool his entire term.
  • by Tom on Jan 6, 2012 at 04:52 PM
    Why is it that everyone forgets (or doesn't know) that Walker first came into politics in Milwaukee after his predecessor was RECALLED. Walker was fine with the recall process then. Apparently it was okay then since it benefited him.
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      by Anon on Jan 6, 2012 at 06:54 PM in reply to Tom
      Knew that and haven't forgotten. The issue is invalid or fake signatures. Just making sure that both sides are keeping it clean.
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      by KW on Jan 6, 2012 at 07:03 PM in reply to Tom
      Obviously the guy who got recalled deserved it. Definitely not deserved in this situation.
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      by Toms Wrong on Jan 6, 2012 at 08:48 PM in reply to Tom
      Your history is off, Walker was elected as to the State Assembly for the 14th district to replace the person that decided to go for a senate position 9 years before he replaced the democrat that resigned because he new he would be recalled for allegedly funneling money to the Unions. Look it up on Wikipedia and then come and tell us how forget full we are.
  • by T-xunion on Jan 6, 2012 at 04:26 PM
    This is all about the union losing mon ey because people are not forced to pay for their job while the leaders of the union take pay raises while workers lose money.No audits of union expenses are done.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 6, 2012 at 09:07 PM in reply to T-xunion
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      by Realist on Jan 6, 2012 at 11:02 PM in reply to T-xunion
      You're wrong (probably intentionally). Unions are audited, unions pay taxes. Your lies are transparent.
  • by anonymous Location: Menomonie on Jan 6, 2012 at 12:55 PM
    there should be more required to recalling somebody then getting signatures/address verification. If you have to register to legally vote then only those that vote should be allowed to sign recalls. Those of you who didnt vote shouldn't be complaining and signing recalls you had your chance during the voting process to make a difference and chose not to.
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      by KW on Jan 6, 2012 at 07:02 PM in reply to anonymous
      Speak the truth! Love it.
  • by Thomas Location: Eau Claire on Jan 6, 2012 at 10:08 AM
    Stand tall fellow com"unionists". This is but a minor set back. I have a list of people whom have died in the last year, we should be able to get their names past those pesky government watchdogs.
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      by Realist on Jan 6, 2012 at 10:57 PM in reply to Thomas
      Step one: pass English 101; Step two: shut up 'til then.
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