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Lawsuit Filed Against the Government Accountability Board

Lawsuit Filed Against the Government Accountability Board

Author: Nicole.Larson

[MADISON, WI]- The Republican Party of Wisconsin is announcing the filing today of a complaint in Waukesha County Circuit Court against the Government Accountability Board, on grounds that the GAB is violating the Equal Protection Rights of those Wisconsin electors who have chosen to NOT sign a recall petition.

This lawsuit comes on the heels of repeated allegations that individuals have signed recall petitions multiple times. The GAB has stated "that there is no specific prohibition on a person signing a recall petition more than once." Under the Fourteenth Amendment, all individuals are guaranteed Equal Protection under the law; as such, those who sign a recall petition more than once are disenfranchising the millions of Wisconsin citizens who choose not to sign a recall petition.

"The decision of one individual who chooses to sign a recall petition should not carry more weight than the decision of another who chooses not to sign," said Stephan Thompson, executive director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin. "This lawsuit seeks to protect the Wisconsin electors whose voices have been trumped by those purposefully signing multiple petitions."

In response to these allegations, the GAB has cited state statute that says the Walker campaign may have a 10 day period to review the recall petitions so as to identify and challenge duplicate signatures. This position, rather than correcting the problem, simply exacerbates it. The Walker campaign will have only 10 days to examine, compare and challenge over 540,000 signatures – more than 50,000 signatures per day. Under the circumstances, any effort to fully examine these signatures will be practically impossible.

The GAB's position that it is the responsibility of the Walker campaign to identify and challenge duplicate signatures flies in the face of the idea of a fair electoral process.

View the complaint here:http://www.wisgop.org/sites/default/files/RPW_COMPLAINT_GAB.pdf

RPW Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 13, 2011
Contact: Ciara Matthews
REPUBLICAN PARTY OF WISCONSIN, FRIENDS OF SCOTT WALKER ANNOUNCE VERIFICATION EFFORT
Voters Asked to Help Bring Fairness to the Recall Effort
Madison, Wis. – The Republican Party of Wisconsin and Friends of Scott Walker today announced the official launch of a joint recall signature verification effort at www.ScottWalker.org. The new landing page will be a resource for citizens who want to get involved in the forthcoming process of verifying signatures collected during the recall petition process.
This effort to verify signatures is in response to repeated allegations of individuals signing multiple recall petitions. The Government Accountability Board has ruled that the burden of verifying collected signatures will fall upon Governor Walker, and the Republican Party of Wisconsin. The Friends of Scott Walker campaign will be overseeing a massive statewide volunteer effort to ensure that the recall effort is not tainted by these repeated instances of fraud.
"As the only legal entities able to officially challenge duplicate signatures, the Republican Party of Wisconsin is proud to join Friends of Scott Walker in this joint effort to protect the recall process," said Stephan Thompson, Executive Director for the Republican Party of Wisconsin. "A majority of citizens have grown increasingly frustrated with the recall process, and this effort allows these people to get involved and protect their state from repeated fraudulent activity."
Ciara Matthews, communications director for Friends of Scott Walker also noted that help from the Governor’s supporters in this verification effort allows Governor Walker to continue to get his message out to voters.
"The Governor has spent his first year in office laying the foundation for a more successful Wisconsin,” Matthews explained. “It is important for him to continue talking with Wisconsinites about how his bold reforms are the first steps in putting state government back on the side of taxpayers.”
Citizens interested in volunteering for the signature verification effort are encouraged to visit http://scottwalker.org or contact Friends of Scott Walker at (608) 441-1640.
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