Organizers: 50,000 sign Walker recall petition in just 48 hours

By Stephen C. Webster
Friday, November 18, 2011 12:51 EDT
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A protester holds a sign calling for the removal of Wisc. Gov. Scott Walker, during a demonstration on Feb. 17, 2011. Photo: Flickr user paulbaker.
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A statewide vote on whether Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) should be recalled seems more likely today after organizers told The Associated Press that they had collected over 50,000 signatures after just 48 hours of campaigning.

That’s well above the roughly 9,000 per day they’d need to reach the 540,000 required by Jan. 17. If Democrats and other community groups can keep up the pace, they’re almost certain to trigger a recall.

Organizers are aiming to far exceed the state’s signature requirements, just in case they have any duplicates or other issues that could disqualify some signatures.

There’s been some speculation, based on discussions found on social media, that undercover conservative activists may be plotting acts of sabotage against the petition drive, in an effort to destroy signatures or flood the process with fraudulent entries.

“Destroying petitions or engaging in the acts [described] are serious felonies,” a Wisconsin Democratic official warned. “However, these threats are intended to sow confusion. We won’t let them win, especially not like this.”

Photo: paulbaker.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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