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JS: Recall Likely Despite Petition Problems

The Journal Sentinel tried validating signatures in a random sample of petitions. It found problems, but not enough to halt the recall.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has come out with its own analysis of a random sample of Walker recall petition signatures, and says based on its findings, it would be hard to stop the recall.

There is an on a petition to recall state Sen. Van Wanggaard. There are independent groups working to verify signatures. 

In a story posted on Feb. 7, the Journal Sentinel reported it found about 15 percent of the signatures could not be verified, and noted that would not be enough to stop the recall of the governor.

The analysis took that a step further, and the JS reported "even if the number of unverifiable signatures turned out to be three times higher," it would be hard to strike enough signatures to stop the recall.

Lynn Freeman, vice chair of the board of directors for United Wisconsin, told the JS:

"I don't want us to have a 15 percent problem, but even if we do, we are still far and above the signatures needed."

The state Republican Party did not respond to a JS request for comment.

Read the full story, including details on how the JS tried to validate the signatures. See a graphic on the analysis.

skinnyDUDE February 10, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Indeed. The pro fraud elements on the LEFT are sadly on the not a surprise . The Milwaukee Urinal is a liberal paper. Nothing like a bias account to feed to its diminished subscriber base. They wont be around long as more and more people look for real facts instead of an editors agenda .
skinnyDUDE February 10, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Not a landslide .But a victory and control of both state houses. The people spoke LOUDLY and the failed DOYLE days were overwhelmingly rejected as the state flipped completely. The only difference between the parties is the LEFT can't except results of the MAJORITY which did speak. No one has broke any laws to prompt a legitimate recall. This one is sadly paid for by unions and fueled by the fraud they endorse. We all know this . But on the LEFT the end justifies the MEANS . Walker will win as the state is FAR better off now than it would be to go BACK to the failure of the previous 8 years with DOYLE! It's a NO BRAINER = WALKER WINS AGAIN!
Glen D Ferri February 10, 2012 at 06:27 PM
I'm one of those that believe there are more than enough signatures to have a recall election. My problem is that those that committed FRAUD and broke Wisconsin Laws when they signed the petitions indicating they'd reviewed each and every person sign the document. Anyone that attested to the signatures of fictional characters, known dead people, or other easily disputable signatures (i.e. Mickey Mouse, Adolf Hitler or similar) should be heavily fined. Those that perpetuated FORGERY by either allowing others to add people to the petitions or added people themselves that did not sign them, should be prosecuted to the FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW. This prosecution should include the breaking of the Wisconsin Law clearly stated on the Petition Documents as well as any Identity Theft Laws that they can be charged with. As for duplicate signatures, you really can't do anything but identify them and remove them from the total count, allowing 1 signature to be counted. I don't have a problem with the ability for the public to have a Recall challenge. I do have a problem when it is perverted by individuals that did not care to be or did not take the responsibility of attesting to the signatures seriously.
morninmist February 11, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Big Fitz just threw his 3 colleagues under the recall bus but he has high hopes for his arrogant self!! http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/elections/gop-leader-fitzgerald-sees-recall-elections-moving-ahead/article_87ce0a1e-53fa-11e1-9dae-001871e3ce6c.html?mode=story
morninmist February 17, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Enough delays Walker! Sit down and work at them yourself or hire more people! Kelly Steele @steelekelly TODAY: Though he admits a recall is inevitable, Scott Walker's attys head to court to seek further delay: bit.ly/y1ZXx4 #wiunion http://elections.wispolitics.com/2012/02/walker-wants-more-time-to-review.html ....But the recall committee, in its response filed this afternoon, says Walker acknowledges he'd need an error rate of closer to 50 percent to put a recall election in doubt. What’s more, the committee argues Walker’s claim of an error rate of 10 percent to 20 percent is not supported by any evidence submitted to the court and if he had, the actual rate would likely be much lower. Because he's nowhere near challenging enough signatures to derail an election, he has not provided good cause to grant another delay and his request should be denied, the committee argues. “If Governor Walker (or the GAB for that matter) desires to study in depth various aspects of the petitions -- or is intent on knowing whether there are 450,000 versus 364,000 signatures above and beyond that necessary to trigger the election -- he is free to pursue the matter,” the committee argues. “Be he is not free to delay the certification process -- and his election -- in meantime.”

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