ACLU doesn't want GAB to put recall petitions in searchable database
WTMJ News Team
Lacey Crisp reportsPhoto: Video by tmj4.com
MADISON- Signatures on petitions to recall Governor Scott Walker will take weeks to verify.
Government Accountability Board members are scanning petitions into a computer database. Recall organizers claim they have about a million signatures asking for the recall.
The GAB has already posted scans of the recall petitions for the four senators, you can click here and search through the signatures.
However, the American Civil Liberties Union says the GAB should consider redacting some people's personal information to prevent potential backlash.
Duncan told TODAY'S TMJ4, "I did want to recall Walker, but I didn't want my personal information to get out there."
All recall petitions are public information, which concerns the ACLU.
"Since domestic violence and stalking victims already have their information shielded from the public poll books based on state law, we feel that those same protections should be extended for the recall petition publicly accessible documents," said Stacy Harbaugh of the ACLU.
A spokesman for the GAB says they haven't made a decision on if they will post a searchable database for the recall petitions.
But the ACLU argues some addresses and other information should be redacted to protect people from intimidation and backlash.
Republican Party of Wisconsin Communications Director Ben Sparks says, "So far we're very pleased with the Government Accountability Board's efforts to make these recall petitions available to us to begin reviewing them."
The ACLU says the petitions should be made public, just not in a searchable database form.
TODAY'S TMJ4 reports the GAB has finished scanning in all of the petitions to recall the four senators, now they are working on the petitions for governor, then lieutenant governor.