State Board Needs More Than 60 Days to Verify Recall Signatures

The Government Accountability Board also needs $100,000 in software upgrades, an off-site facility and temp workers.

Wisconsin recall elections seem like a pretty sure thing, and to be sure the integrity of the process is preserved, the Government Accountability Board is asking for an extension to review petition signatures.

State statute gives the agency 30 days to conduct a review, but the GAB is asking for 60 days or more, according to an Associated Press story.

Government Accountability Board Director Kevin Kennedy said the court-ordered, more stringent process is driving the timeline. Completing the verifications in 60 days plus a primary for the gubernatorial race means a May election. Further court challenges or other delays could mean pushing the election(s) to June or later.

While 540,000 signatures are required to spark a recall election, state Democrats say they expect to turn in 1.5 million signatures. Originally, the GAB said it was up to the Walker campaign to challenge signatures, but a Waukesha County judge said that process is up to the Accountability Board.

On Jan. 6, Rep. Robin Vos (R-Rochester) released figures he'd requested for how much the . Without a primary, state residents have a $9 million price tag, $17 million with a primary. In Racine County, State Sen. Van Wanggaard's potential recall election adds another $100,000 to $200,000 to that total.

Bob McBride January 15, 2012 at 04:53 AM
Bren, I have no interest in "discourse" with you. You're just fun to poke at with a stick now and then.
Bob McBride January 15, 2012 at 04:57 AM
Once again, I appreciate your concern for my time, Keith, but it really doesn't require a lot of time or effort to counter the best efforts of someone like yourself.
Bob McBride January 15, 2012 at 05:12 AM
CD, there's Leslie's talking point. Apparently since public employees are also paying state income taxes, that means their paying twice, or 100% of their insurance. I don't even know where you start with something like that.
James R Hoffa January 15, 2012 at 07:56 PM
@Bren - "Or pay for Mrs. Walker to order public employees around like serfs (if the rumours (sic) are true)" Now, you're basing your so-called 'facts' on mere ‘rumours’ (sic)! And yet you have the audacity to continue to call yourself an 'independent.' Give it up already Bren! Anyone with any brains at all that have followed your posts is able to realize that you're nothing more than a Daily Kos, Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz promoting leftist. Also, if you haven't done so already, I'd like to invite you to check out my first film review as a part of a new feature that I started, Hoffa's Retro Cinema Club, over on the Mount Pleasant-Sturtevant and Caledonia Patches. http://mountpleasant.patch.com/blog_posts/hoffas-retro-cinema-club-among-giants-1998 Thanks, --JRH
CowDung January 16, 2012 at 02:30 PM
It must be that 'new' math they are teaching these days, Bob. Leslie: I'm not sure how bumping up the contribution levels to 12.5% (what you are calling 'paying twice') brings the percentage up to '100%'. What percentage of a public employee's health insurance am I (along with thousands of other private sector taxpayers) paying?


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