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article imageWisconsin Governor criticizes recall process

By Joe Gullo     Dec 27, 2011 in Politics
Republican Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin, is unhappy with the recall process to unseat him. Investigations are underway to see if fictitious names are being used in the recall petition.
The Milwaukee District Attorney is investing Mines for Wisconsin after The Government Accountability Board reported a flyer being sent out asking people to supply fictitious names like "Adolf Hitler" and "Mickey Mouse" who Walker and Wisconsin Republicans believe are being used in the recall process.
The Mines for Wisconsin could not be contacted for comment prior to publication of the story.
The Wisconsin Republicans filed a lawsuit on December 15 against The Government Accountability Board. The Wisconsin Republicans filed the lawsuit because they believe "the GAB is violating the Equal Protection Rights of those Wisconsin electors who have chosen to NOT sign a recall petition."
Recall elections allow citizens in a particular state to remove an official from power before an election. The process in Wisconsin requires a petition with at least 25 percent of the electors equal to the previous election for the office of governor.
The day before the lawsuit was filed, the Government Accountability Board released a statement reading:"Wisconsin law requires the G.A.B. to presume that petition signatures are valid, which means that the staff cannot automatically strike names that might appear to be fake."
It is against the law (Wisconsin Statutes 12.13(3)(a)) to falsify a name on a recall position and is punishable by up to 3 and a half years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
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