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MADISON (WKOW) -- Let the counting begin.
Tuesday afternoon, volunteers delivered petitions with more than one million signatures on them to the Government Accountability Board to recall Gov. Scott Walker.
That's close to double the amount needed to force an election.
Just a few hours ago, recall volunteers from across the state started delivering the boxes of petitions with all those signatures to the Government Accountability Board.
Hundreds of supporters were there to cheer them on as the more than 3,000 pounds of petitions were dropped off in more than 100 boxes.
The one million-plus signatures to recall the governor represents 46 percent of the total electorate that voted in Wisconsin's 2010 elections.
It is also very close to the 1.2 million votes Gov. Walker received in the 2010 gubernatorial election.
According to the Democratic Party, it is the biggest per capita recall signature effort in U.S. history.
"On one level I'm shocked," said recall volunteer Steve Arnold. "Its just hard to imagine. I knew we would get enough, I thought we might approach 700,000, but a million, I'm surprised yeah."
"Many of you have asked and rightly so, would this momentum from last year going to be able to be sustained and I think this answers that question without qualification," said Democratic Party Chair Mike Tate.
The Democrats said they also turned in roughly 845,000 signatures to recall Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch.
The Democrats want to see the GAB certify an election for Governor as soon as they've counted the required number of valid signature, instead of waiting to go through all of them.
The attorney for the Democrats said the GAB has that power under state statute.
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