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All recall petition signatures online

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board officials Tuesday announced all recall petition signatures against Governor Walker would be made available to the public online, with no exception, even for abuse and stalking victims who had asked for their addresses to be kept private.

"Few processes in the electoral system are more public than signing recall petitions against state elected officials," GAB Executive Director Kevin Kennedy said.

Kennedy said recall petition signature information in connection with more than a half dozen recall elections last year was made public.

Officials said 153,335 recall petition pages are accessible online, but the computer database is not searchable.

Here's a link to the recall petition signatures against Governor Walker: 

http://webapps.wi.gov/sites/recall/default.aspx

In a letter to GAB officials, representatives of the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence argued legal precedent allowed at least the addresses of the victims of abuse and stalking to be withheld from online posting.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said Tuesday federal court decisions made disclosure of all information on a recall election the "default" position, but acknowledged GAB officials had discretion to balance the interests of the public in having the information with the security risks for abuse victims if the information was disclosed.

Republican Party of Wisconsin spokesperson Ben Sparks said taxpayers deserved an opportunity to view recall petitions to ensure a fair recall process. "Recall petitions are public records."

Click here to read the GAB's full statement.

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