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UPDATE: Senators turn in challenges to recall effort


MADISON (WKOW) -- All four Republican state senators targeted by recall efforts have turned in challenges to signatures on those petitions.

Senators Scott Fitzgerald, Pam Galloway, Terry Moulton and Van Wanggaard submitted challenges by the 5 p.m. Thursday deadline.

It's the next step in a process which will determine if there are recall elections for each state senator.

"All four senators did file challenges to the petitions that are above the figure or count needed," said Dan Romportl of the Committee to Elect a Republican Senate, who turned in the signature challenges Thursday.

Romportl says they found a number of "insufficiencies," including missing information and incorrect districts.

But one recall organizer says she's already found mistakes.

"He's challenging my own signature twice--he's saying that it's dated outside the circulation period and I'm not a resident," said Lori Compas, who heads up the effort to recall Senator Scott Fitzgerald.

Recall organizers will now have five days to put those rebuttals into writing.

Office holders will then have two days to respond before the review is handed back over to the G.A.B. 

They will need determine how many of the signatures should be counted and how many should be thrown out.  The board has until March 19 to reach its decision.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Thursday's the deadline for four Republican state senators to challenge signatures in the recall effort against them.

They have until 5 p.m. to turn in any challenges on recall petitions.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald told 27 News previously he's found enough evidence to stop the recall election against him. He claims there are about 3,000 signatures on petitions that shouldn't count.

27 News contacted the other three senators with recall efforts against them. Those targeted senators are Van Wanggaard of Racine, Terry Moulton of Chippewa Falls and Pam Galloway of Wausau. So far, none of them have gotten back to us on whether they plan to challenge any of the signatures.

Once submitted, it's then up to the GAB to determine whether there are enough valid signatures to continue with the elections.

Gov. Scott Walker has until Feb. 27 to submit his challenges.

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