GAB says recall process 'not meant to be an easy task'

GAB says recall process 'not meant to be an easy task'

By Jay Sorgi. CREATED Nov 15, 2011

MADISON - Workers have begun hitting the streets to gather signatures needed to bring about a recall election against Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker.

They have a long, hard challenge ahead of them, according to the man who runs the government group which oversees elections in the state.

"(They) have 60 days to get 540,208 signatures minimum," said Kevin Kennedy, the director of the Government Accountability Board, on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News."

"When it was created in 1926, it was seen as a political tool for the voters to force an elected official to be accountable during the course of their term, but it was not meant to be an easy task."

Challenges could come about the validity of the signatures, and Kennedy outlines what is required for a signature to be valid in the recall process.

"It has to be a qualified voter in the State of Wisconsin.  You have to be 18, a U.S. citizen and residing here for at least 28 days," said Kennedy.

The process of validating signatures will take a long time, according to Kennedy.

"I don't think we're going to be able to complete our review in 31 days, and I think that there will be requests for an extension from the court."

When would recall elections happen?  Kennedy says voters may need to wait for months until the first opportunity.

"We're likely looking at the first election, the primary happening later in April."