Elections Agency Looking to Extend Time to Review Petitions

The state elections’ agency plans to go to court next week to ask for more time to review the estimated one-point-nine million recall signatures submitted against six officials. But director Kevin Kennedy is not ready to say how much extra time will be sought beyond the 31 days allowed by law. Kennedy answered questions about the process yesterday during a public interview at the Marquette Law School in Milwaukee. Right now, the petition signatures are being scanned into computers – and a database will be formed to make it easier to check for false-and-duplicate signatures. Kennedy said workers are testing the new software that checks the signatures – and the agency believes it will work. Government Accountability Board spokesman Reid Magney says the scanning of petitions for four state Senate recall elections should be completed today. But Magney said it would take longer to enter the signatures against Governor Scott Walker and Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch. Thousands more signatures were submitted than the numbers required to order recall elections. And Kennedy said it’s possible that the checking process will end once it’s obvious there are enough valid signatures to call each election. He says those kinds of decisions cannot be made until they’re into the process. As Kennedy put it, “This is a whole new ball game.”