“Mickey Mouse” is free to petition for Scott Walker’s recall

posted at 12:40 pm on December 14, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Just as Attorney General Eric Holder speaks out against voter identification laws, a government board in Wisconsin yesterday signaled that it will accept the signatures of “Mickey Mouse” and even “Adolf Hitler” on petitions for an election to recall Gov. Scott Walker. Politico has the story:

Signatures of names like Mickey Mouse and Adolf Hitler are being considered valid on recall petitions of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as long as they are properly dated, a government board indicated Tuesday.

Suspicious signatures will be noted, but reviewers on the Government Accountability Board will be looking primarily to see if the signatures are joined by a Wisconsin address and were signed during the appropriate time period, according to WISN12.

“We will flag them, but we will not strike them without challenge,” said board elections specialist David Buerger, when asked if Mickey Mouse’s signature could count. He added that in previous petitions Hitler’s name was only struck because the address was in Germany, not due to the name itself.

What does Buerger mean when he says, “We will flag them, but we will not strike them without challenge”? I hope he means that the elections board will do the detail work to contact the residents of the addresses associated with the sketchy signatures to verify that someone from those residences did, in fact, sign a petition for Walker’s recall — but something tells me that hope is in vain. Now that the board has transparently stated its willingness to accept weird signatures, its members are covered. They can accept the suspicious signatures without verifying and how would anybody ever know? It’s not as though outside folks could look at the petition and say, “Hey, Mickey Mouse’s name is on here!” The board members would just say, “Yes, we flagged that.”

This news — even more than Holder’s infuriating antipathy toward well-meaning attempts to ensure free and fair elections — underscores the need to work diligently to eradicate voter fraud. In a democratic republic like ours, elections are of the utmost importance. If we as voters are unable to have faith that the results of any given election reflect the true will of the people, how will we as voters be able to accept the legislation passed by our elected officials as law? Voter fraud undermines the rule of law in a very real and obvious way.

Brace yourselves for Walker’s recall election, for it will happen: Mickey Mouse will make sure of it. The hope now is that this is just round three of resounding embarrassment for the unions that have already so expensively splurged on unsuccessful recall attempts of a judge and legislators.

Update: Here’s video from the MacIver Institute of the board staff explaining its signature screening process.

Also, over at Mediaite, folks are upset about this story, too … but for very different reasons than I am.


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I wonder how many variations of John (insert funny surname) Hunstman they will get?

RonPaulFevah on December 14, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Can’t somebody take this issue to court-? sound unconstitutional to me.
Lawyer up for sure!

Bullhead on December 14, 2011 at 3:21 PM

What’s the point of a review of the petitions if the names of famous dead people and cartoon characters are not going to be challenged…seems WI is taking a page out of the Chicago voter registration playbook. It makes the entire process a joke, and proves the point that a law requiring ID in order to vote is desparately needed.

mlewis7299 on December 14, 2011 at 3:27 PM

How appropos. A recall that’s a Mickey Mouse operation, run and funded by Nazi unions employing Gestapo tactics.

stukinIL4now on December 14, 2011 at 3:40 PM

But MSNBC told me all Republicans are Nazis. Why would Hitler wanna recall Walker?

Cyhort on December 14, 2011 at 3:56 PM

But names like

Rush Limbaugh
Ann Coulter
Sean Hannity
Bill Kristol

would just get thrown out.

mintycrys on December 14, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Actually, those names would be counted. Indeed, somebody forged WIBA/WISN radio talk show host Vicki McKenna’s name and address on a petition.

Steve Eggleston on December 14, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Hasn’t the supreme court already upheld a court id law in indiana?

A316sting on December 14, 2011 at 4:07 PM

According to their website, “The Government Accountability Board is comprised of six former judges who serve staggered, six-year terms.” They show the six judges.

Anyone know their political affiliations? I mean, I’m just guessing here, but…

Steve White on December 14, 2011 at 4:42 PM

i wonder if they will Wisconsin cemeteries as valid addresses

monttybaggs on December 14, 2011 at 12:52 PM

They don’t even have to be actually valid. From the “Recall Status and Proposed Administrative Processes” memo (page 17 on the PDF), which was unanimously approved:

Per GAB 2.05(4), the first and second reviews are conducted based upon a presumption of validity of the information on the petition. This means that while temporary staff will verify that all the required elements are present on each page, they will not consult any extrinsic records to verify the truth of that information.

In other words, if the “reviewer” doesn’t know (or more likely, doesn’t care) that 1200 Epcot Resort Blvd. Lake Buena Vista, WI, doesn’t exist (while 2 towns of Buena Vista, WI exist and 2 unincorprated areas named Buena Vista, WI exist, no Lake Buena Vista, WI exists, and further there is no Epcot Resort Blvd. in any Buena Vista, WI), or that 1265 Lombardi Ave., Green Bay, WI, is the street address of Lambeau Field, it will be counted until the Walker camp challenges it.

Steve Eggleston on December 14, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Why didn’t they ask when Adolph Hitler changed his mind about unions enough to want to recall Walker. I thought the protesters were comparing Walker to Hitler… What, did Hitler take offense?

And Mickey Mouse? When did he become pro-union? That guy’s the face of one of the largest non-union organizations in the world…

These are the questions I would have asked this panel, after my seventh martini.

Washington Fancy on December 14, 2011 at 4:48 PM

i’m surprised those commie muppets havent signed any recall petitions, yet

monttybaggs on December 14, 2011 at 12:56 PM

They may well have. We won’t know until at least 2 business days after the petitions are filed and the GAB staff gets the generated PDFs posted on their site.

Steve Eggleston on December 14, 2011 at 4:49 PM

Can we make a conviction for elections fraud carry the death penalty?

Seriously, it does more damage to our society than a murderer ever could.

Nathan_OH on December 14, 2011 at 4:50 PM

The Government Accountability Board has aready stated that if an X is used as a signature on the petition, it will be accepted as a valid signature as long as a valid address is on that petition.

What is to stop anyone from using the address of a UW dormitory and how is anyone to guess who X might be?

It’s almost a fool-proof scam.

What a great system. (sarc)

Alferd Packer on December 14, 2011 at 4:51 PM

According to their website, “The Government Accountability Board is comprised of six former judges who serve staggered, six-year terms.” They show the six judges.

Anyone know their political affiliations? I mean, I’m just guessing here, but…

Steve White on December 14, 2011 at 4:42 PM

I’m glad you brought that up. They, and the staff, are “supposed” to be non-partisan.

That said, 5 of the 6 board members were appointed by Democrat former governor Jim Doyle, and virtually all of the staff members were hired between the board’s creation in 2008 and 2010, when all 6 members of the board were Doyle appointees. Walker’s appointees won’t be a majority of the board until 2014, and that assumes he is allowed to serve a full term.

Steve Eggleston on December 14, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Hmmm…

Wouldn’t the board want the names to match the person living at the address> I don’t think there are many Micky Mouse’s or Adolf Hitler’s living in Wisconsin.

LeeHinAlexandria on December 14, 2011 at 5:11 PM

I am and always have been proud to a Wisconsinite even though there are those who are giving us a bad name. Not everyone of us are pounding drums in the capitol and practicing their creative writing skills in faking names on petitions. I’m counting on the silent majority to come through to support Scott Walker and give his policies a chance to work.

bingogranny on December 14, 2011 at 5:15 PM

I doubt that the people signing Mickey Mouse and Adolf Hitler support the recall.

I’m in favor of dropping those signatures from the count, even though it’s an obvious effort by recall opponents to make the process seem invalid.

BBegley on December 14, 2011 at 5:45 PM

So, they need $600,000 to do what?

mkrech on December 14, 2011 at 5:53 PM

It’s bad enough that they have this policy, and much worse that they announce it. It’s an open invitation to cheating, and becomes a game of “Catch me if you can.”

Ronald Wallenfang on December 14, 2011 at 5:58 PM

How dare you say my friends Demm O. Cratt and Sasha Liszt aren’t real people.

Good Solid B-Plus on December 14, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Hey! Don’t denigrate my nomme de plume! I thought it up all by myself!

Sasha List on December 14, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Seriously, tho, these low life petitioners signed up a conservative radio personality from Madison using her real address! And to top it off, they posted hate-filled crap on her Facebook page, then reported her to Facebook for having hateful content. Then Facebook shuts down her site. Talk about censorship!There is nothing they won’t do to keep their gravy train rolling. It’s been nothing but one big temper tantrum since we took back our state! Retain Scott Walker!

Sasha List on December 14, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Scott Walker’s organization better be staffed up to challenge all of those signatures.

Common Sense on December 14, 2011 at 6:30 PM

OMG! I finally get to post here!!!

But back to the topic at hand…

It is the responsibility of Team Walker to check the validity of the signatures and issue challenges. The Wisconsin voting system has been set up by the Progressives to favor fraud. Think Motor Voter, not purging voter roles (I’m still registered there even though I left the state 4 years ago), and allowing out-of-state folks to register using a hotel as an address. Just sayin’

Neomom on December 14, 2011 at 6:30 PM

The really sad part is, our legislators could vote to DEFUND the Govt Accountability Board! Where are the law-makers with enough ba!!s or sense to get the job done so we don’t have to deal with these jokers anymore?? At the risk of sounding sexist, MAN UP!

Sasha List on December 14, 2011 at 6:36 PM

The really sad part is, our legislators could vote to DEFUND the Govt Accountability Board! Where are the law-makers with enough ba!!s or sense to get the job done so we don’t have to deal with these jokers anymore?? At the risk of sounding sexist, MAN UP!

Sasha List on December 14, 2011 at 6:36 PM

It would definitely NOT look good to defund The Gov Accountability Board, regardless of how partisan it may be.

Better just to donate $$ scottwalker.org

WryTrvllr on December 14, 2011 at 6:44 PM

I hope all good Wisconsonite sree through all this garbage and hand the filthy unions a resounding defeat.It’s gonna get real ugly.

jeffinsjvca on December 14, 2011 at 7:15 PM

smear the names with chocolate and she’ll make em disappear

John Kettlewell on December 14, 2011 at 7:37 PM

But military ballots don’t count.

garnkikaloid on December 14, 2011 at 7:54 PM

He’s going to be recalled for sure.

stingray9813 on December 14, 2011 at 1:05 PM

I am afraid he is. Prosser was so close, this will be even worse. The cheating will be epic.

wi farmgirl on December 15, 2011 at 8:24 AM

What’s the point of a review of the petitions if the names of famous dead people and cartoon characters are not going to be challenged…seems WI is taking a page out of the Chicago voter registration playbook. It makes the entire process a joke, and proves the point that a law requiring ID in order to vote is desparately needed.

mlewis7299 on December 14, 2011 at 3:27 PM

But they have the ACLU already filing cases on their side. We are having thousands of jobs leaving the state right now. Union jobs. It’s going to be scorched earth when all this is finally done.

wi farmgirl on December 15, 2011 at 8:28 AM

They are already working here in Wisconsin to get pro-Walker people up to speed to help go through the petitions looking for fraudulent signatures. I really worry that there are that many people opposed to balanced budgets and holding teachers and their unions accountable. Pretty scary actually.

Deano1952 on December 14, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Remember when they won’t get nice fat earmarks from Obey, or can’t steal money from other funds (patient compensation) they have to go to the people. We will not vote for referendum after referendum any more. Look at the local governments, including Milwaukee using Walkers tools to reign in the wasteful spending. It will be interesting to see which way the actual recall election goes. Even if Walker loses, will they be able to roll back the collective bargaining, perhaps not. And I am not sure people will vote for Obey when they start digging into his financials for election commercials. It would be interesting to see it though.

wi farmgirl on December 15, 2011 at 8:45 AM

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