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UPDATE: Walker recall coalition: 105K signatures gathered


MADISON (WKOW) -- Opponents of Governor Scott Walker say they've collected 105,000 signatures in their attempt to force a recall election.

To boost those numbers, thousands attended a rally at Capitol Square.

Things looked very similar to February of this past year.

This time, a new focus.

At the Capitol Square Saturday, a volunteer with recall petitions was constantly within steps from you.

Parking was so tight, many took shuttle buses from the Alliant Energy Center to get to the square, to hear union and Democratic leaders speak.

They told supporters, Governor Walker's policies aren't working.

"He tore us apart it didn't have to be this way he could have brought us together to solve problems of this state," said Scot Ross with One Wisconsin Now.

Not everyone is onboard with this recall effort. They made sure they were heard as well.

"I think there's a silent majority in support of Walker. We're showing we will not be bullied by these people anymore," said Emily Petersen, Governor Walker Supporter.

Supporters of Governor Scott Walker held their own event at the square.

Like all other rallies, the event remained peaceful.

DOA leaders did confirm they have increased security at the Capitol Saturday.

While they refused to release a specific number.

They say UW police and the Wisconsin State Patrol helped make sure it was a safe event.

Capitol police estimate the recall rally drew about 30,000 people.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Organizers at the Recall Walker rally announced at the Capitol they have gathered 105,000 signatures since the effort began November 15th.

Organizers need 540,000 valid signatures to force a recall election. They have to average 9,000 a day.

Volunteers with the effort are circulating petitions Saturday afternoon at the rally. Capitol Police report 25 to 30,000 people made it to the event.

A counter rally to say no to the recall also took place. So far, the entire event has remained peaceful. No arrests have been made.

A poll released Tuesday by the Wisconsin Public Radio/St. Norbert College Survey shows that 58 percent of respondents believe Walker should be recalled from office. That compares with 47 percent who said in April that Walker should be recalled.

Walker's approval ratings are also low, with 58 percent saying they disapprove of the job he's doing. That's down from 48 percent in the spring.

The survey of 482 Wisconsin residents was done between Nov. 1 and Thursday. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.

Opponents of Governor Walker will need at least 540,000 signatures to force a recall election within 60 days of filing the petition on November 15th. Opponents of Lt. Gov Rebecca Kleefisch will also need to get 540,000 signatures to force a recall election.

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