Recall petitions targeting the governor, lieutenant governor, and four state senators are scheduled be turned into the Government Accountability Board Tuesday. As the review process gets underway, a state lawmaker wants to make sure everyone in the state has a chance to look at them as well.
The GAB will use software to scan the petitions and look for duplicate signatures or fake names. As part of that process, State Representative Robin Vos (R-Rochester) is asking the agency to post the petitions online for the world to see.
He says that would allow people to check to see if their name or the name of a friend or relative was added fraudulently during the signature gathering process.
Vos says having “citizen activists” involved can only help make the review process more accurate and transparent. He also believes it could save the state money by reducing the need for the GAB to hire dozens of temporary employees.
A spokesman for the agency says staff will look into the request.
AUDIO: Andrew Beckett reports (1:03)