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WI: GAB Decides to Ignore All Independently-Provided Evidence of Recall Petition Fraud
MacIver News Service ^ | 2/7/12 | MacIver News Service

Posted on 02/07/2012 1:55:24 PM PST by Jean S

[Madison, Wisc...] Citizens not affiliated with either the recall organizations or the office holders targeted for recall this spring have found scores of problems with the petitions, but Wisconsin’s elections watchdogs have decided they will not consider any of their evidence.

GAB Director and General Counsel Kevin Kennedy said there is no process in place for accepting information from outside groups and individuals. Governor Scott Walker and the four Republican state senators against whom recall petitions were filed last month are the only parties that can contest the validity of signatures, according to Kennedy.

The GAB will not investigate or consider independently-submitted evidence of recall petition fraud. This includes circumstances wherein individuals might notify the board that their own name and forged signature were submitted.

According to the GAB, anyone concerned that their signature was fraudulently included on a recall petition, therefore, must notify not the GAB, but rather the target of the recall. In addition, they must do so by the challenge deadline if they want that signature reviewed and ultimately, possibly, struck.

“Staff believes the Board should only rely on information that is developed by the staff in its petition review, submitted by the officeholders in a challenge or the petitioners in response to determine the sufficiency of recall petitions,” wrote GAB Executive Director and General Counsel Kevin Kennedy in a memo to GAB members Tuesday.

The GAB discussion on the petition review criteria and process focused on their minimum statutory requirements. However nothing in state statutes prohibits the GAB from considering independently-gathered evidence of fraud.

“Given the unprecedented nature of these recall efforts it would be improper to change procedures in the midst of our review,” Kennedy wrote.

The four Republican state senators have until Thursday to challenge signatures. Governor Walker’s challenges are due Feb. 27 and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch has until March 5 since she received copies of the petitions seeking her recall a week after Walker.

The GAB has until March 19 to verify all of the petitions.

MacIver News’ Bill Osmulski has more in this video report:


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: walkerrecall; wisconsinshowdown
The GAB will not investigate or consider independently-submitted evidence of recall petition fraud. This includes circumstances wherein individuals might notify the board that their own name and forged signature were submitted.

The GAB is supposed to be bipartisan. 5 of the 6 members were appointed by Doyle.

Verify the Recall is challenging this legally.

1 posted on 02/07/2012 1:55:36 PM PST by Jean S
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Video at the link.

Walker recall ping!


2 posted on 02/07/2012 1:57:29 PM PST by Jean S
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To: Jean S

The fix is in......................


3 posted on 02/07/2012 2:01:19 PM PST by Red Badger (If you are unemployed long enough, you are no longer unemployed.)
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To: Jean S

I bet it is because Verify The Recall is finding a lot of stuff that is wrong......and we all know when the left does something big they do it really big.......


4 posted on 02/07/2012 2:04:06 PM PST by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: Jean S

Ok, so why aren’t Governor Scott Walker and the four Republican state senators filing challenges?


5 posted on 02/07/2012 2:05:14 PM PST by FormerLib (Sacrificing our land and our blood cannot buy protection from jihad.-Bishop Artemije of Kosovo)
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To: Jean S
Staff believes...

i.e. unelected government employees, perhaps they have a conflict of interest. I mean their only employed to insure the veracity of the vote. Ignoring evidence is a part of that, no?

6 posted on 02/07/2012 2:16:24 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Jean S
"Verify the Recall is challenging this legally."

Good. I spent a great deal of time verifying those recall signatures. Some of them are SO obvious.....like the same hand writing in several of the signatures info spots that were apparently "missing" information.

Filled in, just like that.

7 posted on 02/07/2012 2:23:10 PM PST by NoGrayZone (Jim "Firebrand" Robinson endorses Newt...with EPIC call to action!!)
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To: blueyon

you’d be collecting

In my data entry I’ve come across:

a whole petition with no city or zip

numerous missing necessary information

obvious forged sigs

sigs that don’t match the name

Its not only the blatant fraud but the large amounts of sigs that do not have all of the info properly filled out that should be struck.

Originally I had said that there would likely be close to 750K legit sigs now I’m thinking its going to be closer to 650K...its that blatantly bad.


8 posted on 02/07/2012 2:25:23 PM PST by MNlurker
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To: Jean S

Those “in power” know they can get away with their ruling, so they do not care what anyone else thinks, and they know their will be no ramifications that will adversely affect them, so again, they do not care what anyone else thinks.

Until these lowlifes are held responsible for their actions, they will continue to perpetrate fraud with no remorse.


9 posted on 02/07/2012 2:27:02 PM PST by Pox (Good Night. I expect more respect tomorrow.)
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To: NoGrayZone

I’m still entering, but will switch over to walker as soon as its complete.


10 posted on 02/07/2012 2:28:21 PM PST by MNlurker
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To: Jean S

Hm. I see “GAB” everywhere in this article. But it’s defined nowhere. What does “GAB” mean?


11 posted on 02/07/2012 2:34:08 PM PST by Theo (May Rome decrease and Christ increase.)
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To: MNlurker

I called his office when I first heard they weren’t accepting “outside” help, a few weeks ago.

Spoke with the Deputy Director, a very nice lady, who said Verify the Recall won’t be used, only WI residents could take part of any verification.

She said petitions were not officially released (as of that time). I asked what I could do to help and she said just to continue to support Walker.

I didn’t feel that was enough. I asked her if at ANY time, I could do more to help to let me know. She took my name, number and email address.


12 posted on 02/07/2012 2:42:22 PM PST by NoGrayZone (Jim "Firebrand" Robinson endorses Newt...with EPIC call to action!!)
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To: Theo; afraidfortherepublic

GAB - Government Accountability Board. They’re supposedly a bipartisan group of retired judges who oversee elections in Wisconsin.

Ex-Gov. Doyle appointed 5 of the 6 on the current board. So much for “bipartisan” part. They’ve been putting roadblocks in our way all through this recall process.


13 posted on 02/07/2012 2:49:45 PM PST by Jean S
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To: Jean S
Perhaps Walker should just let the GAB do it's lousy job - he won't get voted out anyway.

Then, after the election he can institute a complete review of ALL of the petitions, name names and start prosecution proceedings against the collectors and any that submitted multiple entries.

Shining the light on these cockroaches and exposing massive fraud (mainly of the (D) variety) would help the voter ID initiatives in all other states. Hey, the MSM says voter fraud doesn't exist - this would knock their argument right out of the water.

14 posted on 02/07/2012 3:06:34 PM PST by az_gila
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To: FormerLib

One has been filed in one of the senate recall cases. Sen Scott Fitzgerald is contesting 3000 of the signatures. It is almost a mute point because no one has come forward to run against him.


15 posted on 02/07/2012 3:24:24 PM PST by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: Jean S

The “lawless ones” have penetrated the whole system.
They can get away with ignoring this corruption, right in front of everyone’s faces. The “leaders” can get away with ignoring all evidence of corruption in all matters.


16 posted on 02/07/2012 3:34:42 PM PST by Revel
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To: Jean S
The four Republican state senators have until Thursday to challenge signatures. Governor Walker’s challenges are due Feb. 27 and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch has until March 5 since she received copies of the petitions seeking her recall a week after Walker.

Sounds like the state senators, Gov. Walker and Lt. Gov. Kleefisch need to issue an immediate notice that the volunteer citizens are all officially designated as "unpaid temporary staff members", and then use their efforts in challenging signatures.

17 posted on 02/07/2012 3:46:50 PM PST by Col Freeper (FR is a smorgasbord of Conservative thoughts and ideas - dig in and enjoy it to its fullest!)
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To: Col Freeper

We at the Waukesha Republican Party went through the Walker petitions over a week ago. We were surprised to recive 8 boxes of Kleefish petitions on Saturday. They’re going through them now.

The GAB is so (insert nasty words here) that they’re making it as difficult as possible for us to go through the petitions in time.

The WI GOP and the Scott Walker campaign (Friends of Scott Walker) have legal standing to go through the petitions.

That is... if the “bipartisan” GAB arbitrarily decides otherwise.

Some Tea Party groups such as verifytherecall.com are also challenging petitions. The GAB said they can’t.


18 posted on 02/07/2012 3:57:08 PM PST by Jean S
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To: Jean S

All of those phoney signers of the petition will vote in the Recall, probably multiple times.


19 posted on 02/07/2012 4:04:51 PM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: Jean S

Sue him personally and them as a group.


20 posted on 02/07/2012 4:38:27 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: Jean S
Clearly you guys are doing everything you can to fight the imbedded Rats who are playing "dodge and weave" in an attempt to ensure no petitions are thrown out. Good on all of you.

Even if they "win" the battle, you are showing them that you will fight them on every front.

Hopefully the Republicans are willing to play hardball in every instance, and have a "scorched earth" approach to these leftist Democrats. Show no mercy, never compromise, no "bi-partisanship", destroy them completely because that will always be, and has always been, their plan for your team.

Can you tell I'm on your side? LOL

21 posted on 02/07/2012 4:42:37 PM PST by Col Freeper (FR is a smorgasbord of Conservative thoughts and ideas - dig in and enjoy it to its fullest!)
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To: MNlurker

I have been doing it also and have had names not matching, people just signing with initials, and definitely many who the same person filled out almost all the info, but no Donald Ducks yet.....


22 posted on 02/07/2012 5:21:24 PM PST by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: Jean S

Yep, according to the VTR guy who was on with Vicki this afternoon, they’re prepared to go to court, but in any event they will be posting EVERYTHING on the web for all to see. Despite this idoicy of GAB the Walker and state Senators campaigns will be able to use this information, even though they can’t directly be involved in the 501C4s.

Eventually there will be adults in charge who will come down on this GAB like a ton of bricks, and reform the much-abused recall process too. The GAB is an embarrassment of Illinois-proportion (I’m an ex-Wisconsin resident currently living south of the Cheddar Curtain)


23 posted on 02/07/2012 5:51:43 PM PST by bigbob
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To: Jean S

Forgot to add: Volunteers are entering petition names/addresses at the rate of 2.7 entries per second!
Doing the work GAB won’t do.


24 posted on 02/07/2012 5:53:25 PM PST by bigbob
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To: bigbob

We had an incredible amount of volunteers here checking the Walker recall petitions. It was impressive! We were very surprised to receive 8 boxes of Kleefish recall petitions on Saturday. We had sent back all the rented chairs and tables!
The local Ace Hardware called on Monday and offered to lend us as many tables and chairs that we needed at no charge and they delivered them later that day. Kudos to Ace Hardware in Waukesha.

This is also nice, we have a Cousin’s Sub practically next door and they sent over a huge party platter of subs and chips and cookies. Local businesses are supporting us.


25 posted on 02/07/2012 6:04:20 PM PST by Jean S
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To: Jean S

That is the nicest thing I’ve ever heard. (Tables, chairs, and sandwiches supplied by local merchants.) I took a spill on the ice on Jan. 28 on my way to the Germantown Center. I went anyway and bled all over the Walker petitions.

I worked my shift, but I was so stiff by the time I finished that I have been unable to go back. I’ve worked from home since then. Today is the first day (a week and a half after my fall) that I have been able to get out of the house. I’m confined at home again tomorrow and Thursday because I have new windows being installed, so I shall work on VTR.


26 posted on 02/07/2012 8:38:10 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Jean S; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; TaMoDee; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; ...

Wisconsin Recall Mania Ping

If you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest list, just FReep Mail me.


27 posted on 02/07/2012 8:40:13 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I’ve been keying in petition data as a volunteer for Verify the Recall and will continue to do so. As a minimum, organizations doing this can feed information and “leads” to the Governor’s, LieuGov’s and the affected Senators’ staffs for them to use in challenging.

Keep the faith and don’t let a**holes such as the members of Wisconsin GAB discourage you. That is their intent and they will not succeed.

My personal belief is that all the recall elections will likely end up happening but that almost all the folks will prevail. As a minimum, this verification effort will identify some of the “usual suspects” that commit election related fraud and their efforts can be points of focus in similar future situations. It’s all good folks; definitely keep plugging away against the “progressive” elite.


28 posted on 02/07/2012 9:16:54 PM PST by House Atreides
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To: Jean S
Scott Fitzgerald says he will challenge enough signatures to halt election

Scott Walker Recall: Resident Claims His Signature Was Forged

Wisconsin Recall Fraud: Man Finds His Name Four Times on Recall, Claims He Never Signed

Right radio host's name appears in Walker recall
29 posted on 02/08/2012 6:42:46 AM PST by Brown Deer (Pray for 0bama. Psalm 109:8)
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