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Progress made in scanning recall petitions into computer system

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Screen shot taken Jan. 20, 2012 from a webcam showing Wisconsin Government Accountability Board employees verifying recall petitions against Gov. Scott Walker.
Screen shot taken Jan. 20, 2012 from a webcam showing Wisconsin Government Accountability Board employees verifying recall petitions against Gov. Scott Walker.

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - State elections’ officials said late Friday morning that all of the recall petitions against four Republican senators have been scanned into a computer system.

And they’ll soon become part of a database which makes it easier to check for false and duplicate signatures.

The Government Accountability Board said 5,150 pages of petitions were scanned in favor of a recall election against Senator Terry Moulton – the most among the four targeted senators.

4,800 pages of Pam Galloway petitions were scanned, along with 4,200 pages of Van Wanggaard petitions, and just under 4,000 pages of petitions for a vote against Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald.

Workers are now scanning a reported one-million signatures against Governor Scott Walker. The lieutenant governor’s petitions will be next.

The Board says it’s not sure when the scanning process will be complete.

Until it’s finished, officials are keeping the location of the scanning site secret, so no outsiders can tamper with the petitions before they can be entered.

But the public can watch the scanning process on a Web cam set up by the state agency. It’s online at GAB.WI.Gov

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