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Tea Party groups think about heading to court over Walker recall signatures

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Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Two Tea Party groups say they’re thinking about going to court to force state officials to consider striking the questionable signatures the groups found on the Walker recall petitions. On Monday, Governor Scott Walker’s campaign said it would not challenge any of the reported one-million signatures for a recall election. They said there was no way the campaign could complete its review before Monday's deadline that was imposed by a judge. Walker asked the Government Accountability Board to keep striking improper signatures on its own, which it will do – and consider the Tea Party groups’ findings, which the agency says it cannot do under the law. But Mark Antill of the group “True the Vote” said some in his group believe the Board can accept the Tea Party’s challenges. He also told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel his group could not conclude if the petitions have the required 540,000 valid signatures to order a recall election. Antill said the group reviewed about 90-percent of the petitions – and it found that 534,000 signatures were valid, 229,000 needed more review, and 55-thousand are clearly improper. He said that between the questionable signatures and those not counted, there are probably enough. GOP consultant Mark Graul said Republicans are preparing for a Walker recall election – and he could not say whether it would be to Walker’s advantage to drag the process out.

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