UPDATE: Walker Recall Petition Signatures Now Online

Government Accountability Board staff, Judge David Deininger, and the Board chairperson decided to release the petitions under Wisconsin law and a U.S. Supreme Court decision, Doe V. Reed.

Update Jan. 31, 2012: Digital copies of the signed petitions to recall Gov. Scott Walker have been posted online

The Government Accountability Board announced its decision Tuesday, after earlier saying it may not publish them, due to concerns raised by people who signed the petitions. 

Kevin Kennedy, director and general counsel for the GAB, said all 153,335 pages of PDF copies of the petition will be posted online, but they won't be in a searchable database.

GAB staff, Judge David Deininger, and the Board chairperson decided to release the petitions under Wisconsin law and a U.S. Supreme Court decision, Doe V. Reed after a number of people had raised safety concerns. The decision focused on releasing referendum petitions in Washington state, but the Wisconsin Department of Justice supported the decision.

“In the interest of full transparency, the Board has always planned to release copies of recall petitions to anyone who requested them, and to post them online,” Kennedy said.  “However, we recently heard from a number of people who are concerned about their personal safety if their names and addresses are made public.  As a result, our staff had to do a thorough analysis under Wisconsin’s Public Records Law.  These are serious issues which must be given thorough consideration and addressed in light of the Statutes and the responsibilities of the Board.”

UPDATE Jan. 30, 2012: From the G.A.B.: "Governor Walker's recall petitions will not be posted online today. The G.A.B. staff is evaluating the privacy concerns of individuals who have contacted us about posting the petitions online. We will not have further comment tonight."

Patch media partner Fox6Now.com has a video report including footage from weekend events in which Republican volunteers scrutinized the recall petitions for potential errors or fraud.

UPDATE Jan. 29, 2012: The recall petitions for Gov. Scott Walker will be posted on Monday, said officials with the GAB. We'll post them as soon as we see them.

Original Story: Curious who signed the petitions to recall Wisconsin's state legislators? The Government Accountability Board has made it easy.

The GAB has posted thousands of pages of recall petition signatures on their website. So far, the tens of thousands of signatures collected to recall Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) and Sens. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine), Pam Galloway (R-Wausau) and Terry Moulton (R-Chippewa Falls) have been posted. The more than 1 million signatures submitted to recall Gov. Scott Walker and more than 800,000 submitted to recall Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch are expected to be posted once all the signatures have been scanned.

To see the posted signatures, click here.

Organizers for the Wanggaard recall claimed last week they had collected 24,000 signatures on 4,000 pages. Organizers said they submitted more than 20,000 signatures to recall Fitzgerald, and more than 21,000 each for Galloway and Moulton.

Kevin Kennedy, the director of the GAB, said last week that temporary workers were hired to start scanning the petitions at an undisclosed location. People can view this process on a live webcam

If you find your name on a petition and it's not supposed to be there, please call the GAB office at 1-866-VOTE-WIS.

morninmist February 01, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Cow Dung If it is challenged (and this one would be given that the residence is left blank). we have a window [sorry I forget the number of days) to fix it. Basically, we will try to contact the person. If able to contact the person, that person can sign fix it. (fill in the missing information. That person's ID is checked and the sheet of paper is noterized. It so happens that as petitions came in to the Democratic Party or United Wisconsin in each county, they may have noticed the missing information and contacted them at that time. The notorized sheet is then attached to the petition and sent to Madison. When scanning them, none of the notorized sheets [with the fixed information] is scanned. So some of the errors that people are noticing are already fixed. I am not saying all of them but some of them. So when the challenge comes in from the Senators or Gov or Lt. Gov. it May already have been fixed.
Bewildered February 01, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Anyone else bothered by Keith's "jackboot" reference above? I, for one, equate "jackboot" to "stormtropper" to .....well, I'm sure you see where that goes. So, I take great offense to your reference, Mr Schmitz. Pls choose your insults more carefully.
CowDung February 01, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Not a big fan of the 'Star Wars' movies?
James R Hoffa February 01, 2012 at 10:04 PM
@Bewildered - Best to leave the 'politically correct' arguments to the lefties, as they tend to be pretty petty and that's more their style than ours.
CowDung February 01, 2012 at 11:15 PM
It appears that way less than 1 million signatures have been submitted. From what I can tell from the GAB posting, there were 100,000 sheets submitted. Most of the sheets have 10 rows for signatures, but it seems that most sheets have fewer than 10 signatures per page. For example, the 50 sheets from 99951 to 100000 had a total of 327 signatures (assuming all to be valid). There were only 174 signature (assuming all to be valid) in the first 50 sheets, and 407 signatures on sheets 5001-5050. If the average of those 3 sets represents the average count for all 2000 of the 50 sheet sets, there are only 605,333 signatures submitted...
Cynthia February 01, 2012 at 11:44 PM
I have been saying all along......... they are way under 1 million...........
Don Niederfrank February 02, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Thanks, CD. I was wondering if some info could be gleaned via sampling. I thought I read 153,000 somewhere....and I thought that it was reported that 1.9 million signatures had been reported.
Don Niederfrank February 02, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Somewhere, Niederfrank?? You dolt. It was in the very article you're commenting on. That's right, slap your forehead. :-)
Say What? February 02, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Cynthia, I don't think they should be forced, but I also dont think that they should be privy to the wages, benefits, and rights that the union has bargained. That could mean, in instances, that they might get paid more! It depends on what they bargain with their employer. I think that is fair, let me know if it isn't.
Thurston Howell III February 02, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Morninmist, These Walkerites just don't seem to understand that majority of these signatures have been verified. If they expect to find 400,000 Mickey Mouses it will be a cold day in hell before that happens. But let them play their little charade. If there is ANY integrity left in WI State government the FACT that Gov. Scott Walker HAS BEEN RECALLED, (in compliance with what is written in the WI Constitution ) will be announced by the GAB. Hopefully sooner than later. In the mean time. Walker supporters will be gleaning these online files looking for people who are susceptible to intimidation. That's simply how thing go in Fitzwalkerstan. WTF.. ( Welcome to Fitzwalkerstan )
Craig February 02, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Morningmist, thanks for the clarification. Your side did their work well. Now it is time for the other side to do their job. Of course there will be many questions raised, so may be legitimate and some may be bogus. Perhaps most of this will be answered and corrected when the datebase is created for people to verify if they are/belong on the list. As one who circulated the papers, were you aware that this was public record. ie: the names would be made public?
Craig February 02, 2012 at 01:36 AM
TH3: Verified by whom? The GAB doesn't check to be certain the name on the petition is actually THAT person. ie; I could sign anyone's name and use any address, I could use my own name and several different addresses on multiple forms. This is why the database should have been created by the GAB, as no one person could remember 1Million different bits of information. (though I suspect you memorized every serial number on every dollar bill you have hanging on the clothesline ;-P) P.S. Ginger called, she wants her pantyhose back.
dills February 02, 2012 at 02:01 AM
There will probably be enough signatures for the recall. So Walker will win again. Sounds good to me.
MrsPeel February 02, 2012 at 07:26 AM
Because it is the way of the Fascists. A bit hypocritical? The corporatists are all knowing, all powerful and buying our government one Walker at a time.
MrsPeel February 02, 2012 at 07:33 AM
@JW... did you miss the day of home schooling where you should have learned to break up your musings into paragraphs so that they can be read? What i can discern from your rant makes little or no sense. A lot of projection seems to be included also.
JW February 02, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Yeah Mrs. Peal... not everyone can be as smart and brilliant as you are, apparently. Are you new to the Internet? Newsflash for you... many rules of grammar are broken on the Internet on a regular basis... if you do not realize that, you are going to spend much of your life correcting posts online and few will care beyond it making you look like a (insert whatever unflattering term you prefer here). Online, I may not take the team to break a block into paragraphs... I may use run-on sentences and I certainly will overuse "...". Somehow, I can live with that...
CowDung February 02, 2012 at 07:29 PM
The 1.9 million includes more than just the Walker recall signatures. 1 million were supposedly submitted for Walker, 800k for Kleefish, and the remainder must be for the senators. I took a couple more counts of random sets. Sheets 3901-3950 had a total of 419 signatures and set 98001-98050 had 205. Combine those with the three I did yesterday, and we end up with an average of 306.4 signatures per sheet. That average over the 2000 sheets gives an estimated 612,800 signatures collected for the recall Walker effort. I counted all signatures that were not already crossed out by the petitioner.
MrsPeel February 04, 2012 at 10:24 PM
@JW... newsflash for you. I have been in Internet user since you were still being home-schooled. If you choose to post your ruminations in an unreadable form, go for it. That way you can be assured that few people will bother reading you stuff. Being proud of sloppy writing and thinking is a reflection on your lack of critical thinking.
JW February 05, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Again with the home-schooling... which makes absolutely no sense what-so-ever being called out simply because I posted without paragraphs. You may have been using the Internet since Al Gore first invented it... but, I don't think you really get it. Only grammar snobs get so bent out of shape over this stuff online. Usually it comes down to a simple fact that people often pop in with limited time and past quickly... hence there are sometimes errors or, heaven-forbid, people do not follow grammatical rules to a T. If you just pointed out the grammar without the snippy/elitist remarks it would likely come across just a touch better. You might need some work on reading comprehension by the way because nowhere in my post did I claim to be "proud of sloppy writing" or even mention pride related to writing at all. Anyway, I am sorry for the wasted time with this particular post but I felt I had to at least respond to the drivel being presented.
Terry February 05, 2012 at 11:13 PM
While his grammar may be sub-par, it's typically considered an argument of last resort in debate. It's pretty much understood that when you are left with punctuation arguments that you have lost. There is a old expression that seems to fit: When the facts are against you, you argue the law. When the law is against you, you argue the facts. When you don't have either, you pound the table and yell like hell. That's some nice table pounding Mrs. Peel... ;-)
skinnyDUDE February 05, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Wisconsin is great.After we get through the signitures at FRAUD FEST we got Summerfest :)
Craig February 06, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Mourningfist: I still am waiting for an answer...Typical to ignore those questions you do not want to provide answers to, but this is pretty simple- even you should be able to answer.
morninmist February 06, 2012 at 01:47 PM
oh yeah skinnyDUDE--Walker's Wisconsin is doing sooooooooo well (NOT). http://uppitywis.org/blogarticle/federal-reserve-predicts-walkers-wisconsin-will-continue-fail Federal Reserve predicts that Walker's Wisconsin will continue to fail Submitted by oldmoderate on Sun, 02/05/2012 - 10:05am On February 2, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia released the leading indexes for the 50 states for December 2011. "The leading indexes are the six-month forcast of the state coincident indexes, which reflect current economic activity in each state," According the Federal Reserve, the leading index for each state predicts the six-month growth rate for the state's coincident index. Also according to the Federal Reserve, forty-four state coincident indexes are projected to grow over the next six months. ONLY SIX STATES ARE PROJECTED TO DECREASE OVER THE NEXT SIX MONTHS. SCOTT WALKER'S WISCONSIN IS ONE OF THE SIX FAILING STATES! If this is what Scott Walker's Republicans call success, what do they consider as failure?..............
Terry February 06, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Hmmm... "what do they consider as failure? I would consider massive layoffs of public employees and police failure. I would consider cities declaring bankruptcy to get out of contracts and pension programs failures. I would see massive spending roll backs as failure. These are the failures happening in other states, failures that Wisconsin didn't have to suffer through because our states leaders made the unpopular choices they did.
skinnyDUDE February 06, 2012 at 03:14 PM
@Morninmist Continue to drink the Kool Aid. Walker is correcting 8 years of Doyle. You do realize he accomplish more in one year than Doyle did in his career. I mean you get your news from a progressive blog? lol The obvious improvements to the state are continuing. Walker wins the day time and time again on Results. You need to sharpen your talking points if you label California and Illinois a success and Wisconsin the failure lmao
morninmist February 06, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Well skinnyDUDE It remains to be seen if Walker can walk out of this one and "win"! The "Results" will be know soon. But, the damage is done. Walker and his past are coming to light and many do not like it. "Walker wins the day time and time again on Results." hershinmad john hershberger Good Morning #WiUnion #WiRecall #RecallWalker scooters all lawyer-ed up, & ready to obfuscate, er cooperate in the John Doe probe.
Craig February 06, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Oh Misty????? Are you pleading the 5th on this or what? Seriously it is a respectable question.
morninmist February 06, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Good. this is the way it should be. Progress2day America United RT @madpolitics: GAB doesn't want petition verification from others dlvr.it/19Vmzs #wirecall #wiunion http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/elections/gab-doesn-t-want-petition-verification-from-others/article_55bc44e6-50f3-11e1-8fb2-0019bb2963f4.html?mode=story
morninmist February 06, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Self-righteous Walker needs to heed his own words!! steelekelly Today's must-read: Why Scott Walker must resign over corruption probe, according to Scott Walker: bit.ly/ApVaaw #wiunion #WalkerGate "But back in 2006 when Thompson was charged by then-U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic - who now represents Walker's campaign - Walker went on the attack against Doyle, even though Thompson was a civil service employee who was hired in 2001 under Gov. Scott McCallum, a Republican. "Today's indictment provides further confirmation that the Doyle administration is damaged and must be removed from the Capitol," said Walker, a Wauwatosa Republican, of his Democratic predecessor. "Governor Doyle needs to purge his administration of individuals who place politics and special interests ahead of the people of Wisconsin." http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/noquarter/walker-once-criticized-doyle-for-aides-faults-8s42ujb-138757254.html
Dianne Jarreau March 25, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Notice this guy depicted signing the recall petition is wearing a hoodie. I only mention that because Gov.Walker while Milwaukee County Executive had Black Water ops for his official guard.


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