Wisconsin Democrats brag: The Walker recall effort has reached 1 million signatures

posted at 8:27 pm on January 17, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Given that the “Recall Walker” effort reached 300,000 signatures in just 12 days, it would have been far more surprising if Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s opponents didn’t manage to collect enough signatures to go forward with the election. Still, 1 million signatures is nearly twice the number needed to trigger an actual election — and Wisconsin Democrats are happy to hammer home that fact to anyone still following the story of their sad, insistent effort to undo what Walker promised to do from Day 1:

More than a million people have signed a petition to recall Wisconsin’s governor, the state’s Democratic Party said Tuesday.

That’s nearly twice the 540,208 signatures required to seek a recall of first-term Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who drew the ire of labor unions and public school teachers after he stripped public employees of their collective bargaining rights.

State Democratic Party officials said they would submit the signatures by close of business Tuesday. The officials also said they would turn in more than the required number of signatures needed for recall elections for the state’s Republican lieutenant governor and three state senators. …

“I think it’s going to be a very impressive number that we hand in, beyond any challenge that this election is going to happen,” Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate told CNN affiliate WTMJ Monday.

No doubt activists were also emboldened by the knowledge that virtually any signature at all will be accepted by the Wisconsin petition board provided that the signature is accompanied by a valid Wisconsin address.

Walker himself isn’t worried, though, so I won’t be, either. He was quoted by WTMJ as saying, “The optimist in me looks at that and says: The overwhelming majority of the people in the state chose not to sign that, and I earned the trust of the majority the last time. My hope is I will earn their trust again.”

He’s right: Not only did the vast majority of Wisconsinites choose not to sign the petition, but, as I’ve pointed out before, a signature to allow a recall effort to go forward is very different than a vote to actually recall an elected official. It takes very little effort to an answer your front door and sign a petition that commits you to very little; it takes considerably more effort to go to the polls at an odd time to vote against a governor you’d have the chance to vote against in the next upcoming ordinary election anyway.

At this point, Wisconsin Democrats’ desperation to prove a point makes even less sense than it ever did.


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OK, how many signatures can actually be validated? How many times do Smith’s & Johnson’s show up? How many Mickey Mouse, Daffy Duck etc?

Dem’s lie, cheat and steal with impunity because they have no souls, period.

I will trust the Devil before I ever consider trusting a democrat!

Without every petitioner name and address should be verified, this is pure BS!

insidiator on January 18, 2012 at 7:53 AM

If an election were held today would Walker win? What do the polls indicate?

SC.Charlie on January 18, 2012 at 8:04 AM

This only proves there are at least 1 million people who want to be back on the public dole receiving the freebies from taxpayers.
Of courseyou can find someone that will sign a petition that will inherently promise them such things.

Badger40 on January 18, 2012 at 8:15 AM

If an election were held today would Walker win? What do the polls indicate?

SC.Charlie on January 18, 2012 at 8:04 AM

I think the polls indicate about a 50/50 split in whether they agree with walker but my guess is that many of those that don’t agree with him will vote for him simply to show their disgust over the continued abuse of a process being employed for other than its intended purpose (we are getting a little sick of politics around here what with the “non-partisan” supreme court election, the autumn state senate recalls and now this). Local sentiment is hard to read; many supporters are afraid to show it because they tend to be a pretty civil bunch and don’t want to set up a fight. Further to that, real or not, there is a fear that open support will lead to being stopped for doing 31mph in a 30mph zone, getting cited for trash cans extending 6 inches into the street, etc.

teejk on January 18, 2012 at 8:21 AM

The Walker recall effort has reached 1 million signatures Sore Loser Crybabies

FIFY

Dexter_Alarius on January 18, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Too bad they can’t even scrape up a single pile of dog s**t too run against Walker.

MNHawk on January 18, 2012 at 9:33 AM

It’s simple really, here’s an exercise.

If 100% of the workforce is by the government, does the government make money or lose money?

If 100% of the workforce is by non-government (I know impossible because need to pay someone, so 99%?), does the government make or lose money?

One of the above works, the other does not.

John Kettlewell on January 18, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Too bad they can’t even scrape up a single pile of dog s**t too run against Walker.

MNHawk on January 18, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Finding a candidate will be tough…imagine stepping into a job where 50% of the people don’t know you but despise you. yeah…we have a little “caustic” environment here. MSM blames walker but I think it was here long before that as evidenced by the Nov 2008 elections that gave the GOP control for the first time in decades.

teejk on January 18, 2012 at 10:44 AM

If you’re willing to waste enough money, you can get a million people to sign anything. I’m sure the Governor’s retention campaign will focus on the outside influence that is being exerted in Wisconsin.

EconomicNeocon on January 18, 2012 at 11:17 AM

The logic here is there are too many signatures to authenticate. With an industrious bunch they could sweep through these and if they found just one false one the screams could be heard across the nation.

mixplix on January 18, 2012 at 11:17 AM

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (jsonline.com) has two articles up today about the recall petitions.

One is about a webcam that the GAB (Government Accountability Board) has installed so people can watch the scanning of the petitions.

The other is Dan Bice (as neutral as Chris Matthews) about, get this, the PUBLIC UNIONS meeting with potential gubernatorial candidates to PICK which one will get to run. The comments are hilarious, as far as I could open them before the site locked. (Load just a few comments at a time, loading all causes issues).

In school news, 5th graders read Time for Kids about the candidates and had to write 3 questions for candidates. My daughter wants to know why TFK only listed the WH and having 2 kids as Obama’s accomplishments. Everyone else had an actual list. “Mommy, why doesn’t Obama have any accomplishments?” I feel her pain – I was the only Ford vote in my grade school class.

Little Daisy2′s questions:
Obama – why are your records sealed?
Romney – do you agree with everything Obama does?
Gingrich – do you think the president should have the power to detain US citizens without cause?

She’s a smart (and smarty) 10 year old. I expect a call from the school any minute now.

Daisy_WI on January 18, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Here’s the webcam:

http://mirrors.5nines.com/stream/

You can see the petitions being scanned on the computer monitor on the right – a lot of 1 signature forms.

Daisy_WI on January 18, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Logboy says there are 3.5 million registered voters in Wisconsin.

In the 2010 election, about 2.15 million turned out to vote for Gov. and Senator races. The recall election turnout will be larger? The vote for ANY Dem state office did not exceed 1.074 million, so they have MORE signatures to vote to recall Walker than the number who voted Dem in the last election? No wonder they are crowing, with over 1 million *valid* WI *residents* signing their petition!

On the other side, WI voters NOW have to display ID to vote in the coming election, their residency requirement has increased from 10 days to 28 days and early voting at municipal clerks’ offices is now only 2 weeks, not 4 weeks, prior to the election and ends the Friday before election day. All such changes were produced by the legislature and signed by the new Gov. Hmm. No wonder Walker is not worried.

Shmuli on January 18, 2012 at 11:46 AM

I can’t figure out where the Demorats came up with that many crayons to sign those petitions.

And how many times did “Mickey Mouse” and “Adolf Hitler” sign the petition this time around??

Michael73501 on January 18, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Here’s the timeline – the petitions are being scanned right now, loaded into the GAB database and copies are being made.

The scan and copies go to the GOP and to other interested parties (ie: Verify the recall).

I don’t know if the GOP will use the GAB database or build their own, but once they do, paper copies go to volunteers to be handchecked, starting this weekend. I believe the GOP has just 10 days to complete their check.

The GAB has asked for 60 days to complete their database and check for dupes. In the past, they just looked at the petitions, flagged any obvious Mickey Mouses (but didn’t remove them) and their job was done.

I think the real fun begins this weekend, when the first copies are sent out.

Verify the Recall will have scanned images available when you log in, and you just type what you see. Campaign rules prohibit VTR and the GOP from communicating.

Daisy_WI on January 18, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Fun fact – once a Wisconsin politician has been the subject of a recall, they cannot be recalled again in that same term. When Walker gets through this, the Dems will be out of (legal) ammo, other than impeachment.

Daisy_WI on January 18, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Daisy_WI on January 18, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Thanks for all the info Daisy. It sure will be interesting won’t it?

wi farmgirl on January 18, 2012 at 1:45 PM

http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/137523178.html

Can you imagine this happening anywhere but Wi, Il, California or Minn? Oh maybe NY.

wi farmgirl on January 18, 2012 at 1:50 PM

The budget is in balance, taxes haven’t been raised, and the WI unions have shown themselves for the violent, public-property-trashing thugs that they are. So what’s left? If they kick Walker out, they’re explicitly going to either run deficits or raise taxes (or both.) And for what? So that a bunch of entitled, taxpayer-funded public employees can go from getting a great deal to getting a so-ridiculous-it-doesn’t-even-exist-in-the-private-sector-AWESOME DEAL funded by the taxpayers.

This is not a situation I’d want to step into if I were a Democrat politician.

SAMinVA on January 18, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Here’s the webcam:

http://mirrors.5nines.com/stream/

You can see the petitions being scanned on the computer monitor on the right – a lot of 1 signature forms.

Daisy_WI on January 18, 2012 at 11:33 AM

I can’t make out anything. The webcam is not close enough. This just basically shows a shot of the room. I was thinking that it would show the actual petitions up close. Since it doesn’t, I am not sure what this video feed is for.

Sterling Holobyte on January 18, 2012 at 3:29 PM

If you’re willing to waste enough money, you can get a million people to sign anything. I’m sure the Governor’s retention campaign will focus on the outside influence that is being exerted in Wisconsin.

EconomicNeocon on January 18, 2012 at 11:17 AM

The other side is already screaming about Walker taking advantage of a policy that says a politician can accept contribution money from other states before the recall election date is set.

I am just saying that I am sure that if he mentions that, his opponents will bring up his getting money from “big, bad entities” from other states. Not that they aren’t doing that anyway.

Sterling Holobyte on January 18, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Once they get rid of all the duplicate signatures, the fake signatures(if they do), the signatures from dead people, etc, it will whittle this down to way below one million. They just wanted to tout that they had “one million signatures” for dramatic purposes. This recall thing is just one carefully orchestrated scam by the dems and union bullies.

Sterling Holobyte on January 18, 2012 at 3:42 PM

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