Work on processing the 1.9 million recall petition signatures turned into the state is well underway.
Just a few days after hundreds-of-thousands of pages of recall petitions were dropped off with the state Government Accountability Board, officials with the elections agency say all petitions targeting four Republican state senators have been scanned into their system.
Those pages totaled between more than 5,100 pages against Senator Terry Moulton (R-Chippewa Falls) and just under 4,000 against Senator Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau).
Workers continue efforts to scan the over one million signatures targeting Governor Scott Walker and 845,000 against Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch. The agency says it’s unknown when that work will be complete. When it is, staff will begin the process of verifying petition signatures, along with removing duplicate or fake names.
The location where the scanning is taking place is being kept secret for security purposes, but a webcam has been set up so the public can view the process.
Meanwhile, the GAB is also formally requesting more time to complete the petition review process. The agency on Friday filed a motion in Dane County Court asking for at least 60 days to verify petition signatures, also noting more time may be needed. A hearing on the motion will be held Wednesday morning in Madison.