Statement on GAB Decision to Delay Online Posting of Recall Walker Petitions

Jan 30, 2012

MADISON — Following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate following the decision of the Government Accountability Board to delay the online posting of more than a million signatures to recall Scott Walker after individuals and groups raised public safety concerns:

“More than a million Wisconsinites signed petitions to recall Scott Walker for his destructive, divisive and dishonest agenda. Given the historic and unprecedented number of Wisconsinites that are hungry to elect a new governor they can trust, it is appropriate for the GAB to balance the need for records to be public with the public safety concerns brought forth by individuals and groups that represent victims of domestic violence and harassment.

“Scott Walker’s campaign received a copy of all the recall signatures submitted against him on Friday. GAB’s decision does not change the timeline and it does not interfere with Scott Walker’s ability to review the signatures. Supposedly, Scott Walker’s campaign has volunteers signed up to verify our signatures. They have until February 26 to contest any of the signatures and GAB has until March 19 to complete its review. 

“Scott Walker himself has stated that he fully expects a recall election to be called. The action taken by GAB to thoughtfully consider public safety concerns in an expeditious manner does not change the timeline for a recall election to be held. 

“The people of Wisconsin look forward to the day a recall election is called so Scott Walker can be held accountable for his shameful leadership that has made Wisconsin a leader in jobs loss, cuts to education and health care, and political division.”