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UPDATE: Recall offices having petition turn-in parties Friday night


MADISON (WKOW) -- Petitions to recall Gov. Scott Walker have to be turned into the Government Accountability Office by next Tuesday.

But the Democratic Party of Wisconsin wanted all of them in their hands by the end of business Friday.

The Recall Walker office on East Wilson Street in Madison was one of 21 recall offices around the state having parties to celebrate.

Recall volunteer Alan Ginsberg admits that checking petitions for nearly 60 days straight was almost overwhelming at times.

"We feel like we're the Justin Bieber fan club here," joked Ginsberg.  "The post office keeps delivering these huge bags of letters here, down to the last minute here."

These volunteers spent Friday making sure the last of the petitions are as valid as they can be before next Tuesday.

"Many of my neighbors are helping enter the data day and night," said Rep. Brett Hulsey (D-Madison).  It takes about 20 seconds to enter each signature, so I know they've been working their fingers to the bone over there."

"If there's a mistake with the street number or if there's a mistake with the municipality of where they vote, the dates, they get rejected," said Ginsberg.

That's why many volunteers made house calls to the people who made those mistakes Friday, so they could correct them.

"We as volunteers here, cannot make any markings on the petitions, they all have to be done by the person who signed it or the circulator," said Ginsberg.

But as the volunteers celebrated their accomplishments, there is still something missing:  a candidate to rally behind.

One possible entrant, Rep. Hulsey, said he's still testing the waters.

"I will try to make the party tonight and we'll see how it goes," said Rep. Hulsey.  "A lot of people from across the state like my agenda to get Wisconsin working again."

But Ginsberg and others said there is plenty of time to celebrate and still find their next Governor.

"Its something very satisfactory about the recall portion of the effort coming to an end here... we've done our job, now its up to the Government Accountability Board and powers that be to do the next step," said Ginsberg.

The Democratic Party claims that legal reasons are preventing them from revealing exactly how many signatures they have collected at this point, but they still expect to turn in about 720,000 to the GAB.

That would be 180,000 over the required number.


MADISON (WKOW) -- More than 20 local Recall Walker offices are hosting petition turn-in parties Friday evening.

In Madison, there are two parties, at the United Wisconsin office on 330 E. Wilson Street from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. and at the Democratic Party of Wisconsin recall office at 6602 Normandy Drive from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The petitions to recall Governor Scott Walker are due to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board on Tuesday.

The Democratic Party estimates it will have more than 720,000 signatures to turn in.

They need 540,680 valid signatures to force a recall election.

Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann will be live at one of those parties on 27 News at 5 and 6.

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