MADISON (WKOW) -- An attorney for the state accountability board predicted to a judge Wednesday the end of June may the earliest a recall election could be staged for Governor Walker.
The attorney made the prediction based on recall petition signature verification demands and expected legal challenges.
The GAB asked Dane County Judge Richard Niess for an extension of more than 31 days to carry out the task of certifying whether a recall will take place for Walker, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and four republican state senators.
But attorney for the state democratic party Jeremy Levinson said the state constitution requires a speedy process to a recall election, and said delay would "dilute" voter memories and the issues over which the recalls were mounted.
More than one million signatures have been submitted in support of Walker's recall. Levinson said GAB officials should certify a recall election once roughly 540,000 valid signatures are verified. That amount is needed to force Walker's recall. GAB officials said standing practice has been to review all signatures before certification, but Levinson said such an approach would unnecessarily delay voting. Levinson said statistical sampling should be considered as a method of accomplishing signature verification within deadlines.
A Waukesha County judge previously ordered GAB officials to take on the additional responsibility of striking duplicate and false signatures. Previously, GAB officials had left flagging such signatures to people legally challenging the veracity of signatures.
Niess questioned whether the GAB's consideration of the use of optical recognition technology in evaluating names on petitions was a wise approach, or reliance on time-consuming, questionable machinery.
Niess is expected to rule Wednesday on whether some delay in the recall process will be granted, but said another court hearing will be needed as GAB officials gain more information on the task of processing the signatures.