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Foes of Wis. Governor Submit 1 Million Names

By Sean Cavanagh — January 24, 2012 1 min read
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Nearly a year after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker launched his push to curb teachers’ collective bargaining powers, opponents say they’ve turned in more than 1 million signatures to recall him from office.

United Wisconsin, a group that organized the recall campaign, submitted the signatures to the state agency that oversees elections last week. In order for a recall to make it onto the ballot, supporters need to have collected 540,208 valid signatures, or one-quarter of the 2,160,832 votes cast during the November 2010 general election, when Mr. Walker, a Republican, defeated Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, a Democrat.

It will take the state’s Government Accountability Board at least 60 days to review the petitions to determine how many signatures are valid, said Reid Magney, a spokesman for the agency, in an e-mail.

Mr. Walker’s opponents still must find a viable Democratic challenger. Wisconsin Republicans have alleged irregularities in the collection of signatures for the governor’s recall.

A version of this article appeared in the January 25, 2012 edition of Education Week as Foes of Wis. Governor Submit 1 Million Names

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