Group Asks to Join Petition Signature Lawsuit

Recall groups have asked a state appeals court to let them join a lawsuit over the way petition signatures are verified. The recall groups say the Government Accountability Board should not be forced to reject false-and-duplicate signatures, without somebody else challenging those signatures first. Governor Scott Walker’s campaign and the head of the state G-O-P say it should not be their job to find improper signatures among the million-and-a-half signatures expected to be filed by January 17th. But the Accountability Board says the law only requires them to check the petitions for full names and valid Wisconsin addresses – and they don’t have the resources to do any more than that. Those petitions seek recall elections against Walker, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, and four state senators including Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald. Waukesha County Circuit Judge Mac Davis has rejected a request by the recall groups to intervene, saying there’s not time to consider it before the petitions are filed. Davis also said the Accountability Board’s position is the same as the recall groups, so they should be adequately represented in a hearing on the merits of the case, which is scheduled for tomorrow.