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UPDATE: Judge denies Walker request for extension


MADISON (WKOW) -- A Dane County judge denied Gov. Scott Walker's request for an extension to review recall petition signatures.

The governor asked for two more weeks, to push back his deadline for filing challenges to March 12th.

Walker's campaign says they wanted the bare minimum, to at least have enough time to get through 540,208 signatures, but a lawyer for the Committee to Recall Walker argued it would delay an election.

"The motion by Gov. Walker for an extension to file a response to petitions to recall is denied," said Dane County Circuit Court Judge Richard Niess.

He said Gov. Walker's campaign couldn't show a two-week extension to review recall petitions would change whether or not there is an election.

"It isn't a situation where we are rushing to judgment," Niess said. "We've given three times what the presumptive statutory time period is."

The judge already gave the governor 30 days to check for invalid signatures instead of 10 days.

"We are gratified we are not going to see more delay in this process," said Jeremy Levinson, the lawyer for the Committee to Recall Walker.

"We are disappointed in that but we will move forward," said Joseph Olson, a lawyer for the senators facing recall who was present at the hearing.

Walker's lawyer says the campaign has only reviewed about 330,000 signatures so far.

They say they have seen a 10 to 20 percent margin of error.

With a million signatures to review and 540,208 that need to count, that is not enough to stop an election.

"That does not include a duplicate signature evaluation which, once you include that, we don't know what the error rate will be," Olson said.

"If there were enough duplicates to begin to make a difference, a trained dog could find them in about a day," Levinson said.

The Government Accountability Board doesn't have election dates set, but it is only planning for one primary and one general election for all recalls, rather than picking up to 12 different dates.

The goal is "to limit the exposure of taxpayers by having two elections events, limit the confusion to voters and help our local election officials run these elections as efficiently as possible," according to GAB Director Kevin Kennedy.

The GAB says it's on track to meet its March 19th deadline, but the group didn't rule out the possibility of an extension.

A lawyer said the GAB plans to meet the Monday before to figure that out.

Meanwhile, Gov. Walker's campaign has a little more than a week until the February 27th deadline to file challenges.


MADISON (WKOW) -- A judge has denied Gov. Scott Walker's request for a two-week extension to review recall petition signatures.

Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess issued the order Friday. Niess says no good cause has been shown by Walker for an extension.

Walker's campaign argued an extension to review the petitions would not have delayed a recall election. But Democrats said the extra two weeks would have delayed an election. 

Walker had already be granted a 30-day extension to review the petitions. Walker has until February 27 to review the petitions. If another extension would have been granted, he would have had until March 12.

More than 540,208 signatures are needed to trigger a recall election. Recall organizers say they turned in about 1 million.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Gov. Scott Walker is asking for more time to review recall petitions against him on Friday. His request will be considered at 2 p.m. Friday in Dane County Circuit Court.

Walker wants two more weeks to review those signatures. He says he doesn't have enough time to go over the estimated 1 million signatures turned in last month.

A judge had already granted Walker 30 days to review the petitions, which is 20 more than the law requires. If a judge approves two more weeks, Walker's deadline for filing challenges would be extended from February 27 to March 12.

The Government Accountability Board has until March 19 to verify the signatures.

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