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UPDATE: Organizers turn in signatures to recall Sen. Scott Fitzgerald

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A big day for those who filled boxes with signatures.

"These are the petitions to recall Scott Fitzgerald," said Lori Compas, a small business owner and mom from Fort Atkinson who led the effort to recall Wisconsin's Senate majority leader.

In two months, she needed to collect almost 17,000 signatures.  She says she has more than enough.

"Yeah, a lot more," said Compas.  "It was these people here who did it,"

She says the Government Accountability Board will be counting almost 21,0000.

"We'll see if they have the signatures," said Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald.

Sen. Fitzgerald says either way he's prepared.

"It's just like anything else, you got to stand for reelection," he said.  "I've done it many times in the past and I'll do it again."

"Are you going to be running?" asked Reporter Sabrina Hall of Compas.

"A lot of people have been asking me that," she said.  "I have no idea. I have just been focused on getting here with the signatures safe."

Compas says she doesn't know who should replace Fitzgerald but that she'd be "open" to running if there were no viable candidates.  Compas says the residents of District 13 have shown they want a leader that listens to them.

"Yeah the unions were out in full force on this last weekend there was no doubt about it," said Sen. Fitzgerald.

Compas says it was an effort by the people.

"There was a lot of solidarity then?," asked a reporter.

"That's an understatement," said Compas.

Several hours after this, other organizers turned in petitions to recall three other Republican senators - Van Wangaard of Racine, Terry Moulton of Chippewa Falls, and Pam Galloway of Wausau.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Organizers have turned in more than 20,000 signatures to recall Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald.

The Committee to Recall Scott Fitzgerald turned in 20,600 signatures to the Government Accountability Board Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. At least 16,742 must be valid in order for there to be an election.

Petitioners looking to recall Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch will turn in their signatures at 3:00 p.m.  You can watch it live on www.wkow.com/live.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Recall petitions will be turned over to the Government Accountability Board on Tuesday.

Organizers need a little more than 540,000 signatures to force a recall election of Governor  ScottWalker. Recall organizers say they gathered about 720,000 signatures.

Representatives from the United Wisconsin will bring the signatures to the GAB building around 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

Only two governors in the nation's history have lost their jobs to recalls.

Recall signatures against Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald are also due on Tuesday.

Lori Compas, the leader of the committee to recall Sen. Fitzgerald, says she is excited to turn in the signatures to hopefully force a recall election. She says the support has been overwhelming.

Compas is waiting to announce how many signatures her campaign received until all of the volunteers are together at the GAB office on Tuesday. She says they will be turning their signatures at 11:00 a.m.

Even if enough signatures are collected for both recalls, the GAB estimated is would take at least two months to process the petitions. That's because of a court order that put them in charge of checking for invalid or duplicate signatures, so it could take even longer.


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