UNDATED (WSAU) An historic recall election against Governor Scott Walker seems inevitable, after more than a million petition signatures were filed yesterday. The total was almost twice as many as the number required for a special election – and it represents about a quarter of Wisconsin’s eligible voters.
Republicans started training volunteers this week to examine the petitions, after numerous reports that people signed multiple times. Democrats said they removed duplicates and obvious fake signatures. They agreed that improper signatures probably got by them, but not nearly enough to prevent a recall vote.
Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, one of the possible candidates to run against the Republican Walker, said he and his supporters should not use legal tricks to delay the election. But any delay would give Walker more time to raise an unlimited amount of campaign money. As of a month ago, he raised just over $5-million. The governor was in New York for a fund-raiser yesterday, and he said he expects voters to stand up for him and his support his record.
Democrats expect a primary. Organizers said they also turned in 845,000 signatures for a recall vote against Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, and around 20,000 signatures each to try-and-recall G-O-P senators Scott Fitzgerald, Pam Galloway, Terry Moulton, and Van Wanggaard.
Officials say it will take over two months to review the petitions. Elections are expected this summer. Only two other governors have ever been recalled – Gray Davis of California in 2003, and Lynn Frazier of North Dakota in 1921.