Dems: Women legally signed recall petition in controversial YouTube video

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Dems: Women legally signed recall petition in controversial YouTube video

CREATED Nov. 21, 2011 - UPDATED: Nov. 21, 2011

MILWAUKEE - Governor Walker's opponents are trying to collect over 500,000 signatures and there is a YouTube video is raising concerns about recall petitions, just as recall organizers say they have collected more than 100,000 signatures.

The video was shot during the Occupy Milwaukee event.

It shows what appears to be children signing the petition, and what appears to be a Recall Walker petitioner and his badge.

Some conservative groups say two of the people are too young to sign the petition, but the Democratic Party says they've checked out those claims.

Wisconsin Democratic Party spokesman Graeme Zielinski said, "there are two women who are of age who signed the recall petition, end of story."

It raises questions as to what is legal for recall petitions.

"Somebody who is 18 or older, who is a resident of the State of Wisconsin for 28 days prior to an election, who doesn't have a disability of the courts or (is) a felon," said Attorney Michael Maistelman.

If you suspect petition fraud, election officials encourage you to contact your district attorney or local police.

And another video popped up after this weekend's rallies at the Capitol.

A man by the name of Pete, who didn't want TODAY'S TMJ4 using his last name, claims, "I saw an arm come up and all of a sudden there was a hot cup of coffee in my face."

Pete claims the recall supporter threw the coffee because he is a walker supporter.

Keith Best saw the whole thing, and says he helped nab the alleged coffee tosser.

He told TODAY'S TMJ4, "He must have thought he hit a brick wall because I'm 6'6" 260.  He stopped immediately, I wrapped my arms around him, and I said, that's assault."

Pete and Keith Best say they are glad it was all caught on camera, and say cameras will continue being used in this recall effort

State Republican Party chairman Brad Courtney is out of town, but says the Republican Party will continue to investigate any reports of fraud.

The Madison Police have indicated they will not press charges, they say the coffee was accidentally bumped onto the man.

 

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