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Wisconsin Judge Tells GAB To Remove Fake Names From Walker Recall Petitions

Friday, January 6th, 2012 at 6:56 am

A Waukesha County judge has ordered state election officials to “take affirmative steps” to remove fake or duplicate names from recall petitions against Gov. Scott Walker.

Judge Mac Davis ruled on Thursday that the Government Accountability Board needs to strengthen the process by which it confirms whether signatures are actually valid.

The board has said its job is only to verify that addresses are legitimate, meaning it’s up to the targeted office-holders to challenge fake names such as Bugs Bunny or Mickey Mouse. But the Judge disagreed saying the board is obligated to remove obviously fake names, as well as duplicate and illegible signatures.

The ruling comes in a lawsuit filed by Gov. Walker’s campaign and another party, in response to comments the board made about how it plans to validate petitions seeking Walker’s recall.

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