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Court for man accused of scribbling on Walker recall petition

Court for man accused of scribbling on Walker recall petition

By The WTMJ News Team. CREATED Jan 6, 2012

WEST BEND - The effort to recall Governor Scott Walker was headed to another courtroom on Friday.

In this case, it had to do with a man from Washington County who has been accused of scribbling out names on a recall petition.

The suspect, Jeffrey Karnitz, has been scheduled to head to a courtroom in West Bend on Friday.

He faces one felony count of election fraud.

Karnitz, 30, refused to talk about why he's being accused.

Karnitz: "I'm not commenting on anything."
TODAY'S TMJ4's Lacey Crisp: "Can you just explain to me what happened?"
Karnitz: "No, I'd rather not."

He allegedly showed up to a cookout at someone's home in December where workers were collecting signatures in the effort to recall Governor Scott Walker and Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch.

Gina Tomaz lives across the street from that home.

"I saw them walk to the house across the street, where they were having their recall Walker signature thing going on," said Tomaz.

Recall organizers were shocked.

"Instead of adding his name to the list, he scribbled through names that were already there," said Waring Finke, a recall organizer.

Witnesses say Karnitz ran home and jumped into his car, where they wrote down his license plate number.

Tomaz said that no matter how people feel about the recall, they should not act out illegally.

"You should be able to state your own opinion and not have fear of other people trying to down that, or tear up what you are trying to accomplish," explained Tomaz.