Walker, Republicans file suit against Government Accountability Board
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker's campaign and the Wisconsin Republican Party have filed a lawsuit that says the state elections board's process for reviewing signatures on recall petitions is unconstitutional.
The lawsuit filed Thursday in Waukesha County circuit court asks a judge to order that the Government Accountability Board look for and eliminate duplicative signatures, clearly fake names like Mickey Mouse and signatures with clearly illegible signatures.
The GAB has said it's up to challengers to point out problems like those and the board itself will not automatically toss the signatures for those reasons.
The lawsuit says allowing multiple signatures is a violation of the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution because it harms the rights of those not signing.
A spokesman for the GAB had no immediate comment.