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ACLU sends letter to GAB, State Attorney General

MADISON (WKOW) -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin has sent a letter to the Government Accountability Board and Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen in reference to the posting of recall petitions.

The letter says the ACLU feels that a state law protecting the privacy rights of confidential electors in public documents such as election poll lists, should be applied to the recall petitions.

Part of the letter says, "While scanned PDF copies of recall petitions are easy to access but difficult to search, a database of petition signers makes finding individual names and addresses very easy to find. In this case, survivors of domestic violence and targets of stalking have a clear public safety interest in having their information redacted from a searchable database."

"We've always maintained that the rights of survivors of domestic violence and those who are confidential electors should be maintained and they shouldn't have to give up their rights by not signing a petition," said Stacy Harbaugh, Communication Strategist with the ACLU.

The Government Accountability Board says they've received the letter, but do have any comment at this point.

The GAB says they don't plan on making a searchable recall signature database, though an independent volunteer group calling itself "Verify the Recall," is in the process of compiling its own database of names and addresses from the recall petitions.

Ross Brown, of "Verify the Recall," says they have not been contacted by any groups about privacy concerns but would welcome that communication.

To read the full letter, click here.

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