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Republicans finding fault with recall signatures against state Sen. Van Wanggaard

WTMJ News Team

Republicans finding fault with recall signatures against state Sen. Van Wanggaard

By WTMJ News Team. CREATED Jan 26, 2012 - UPDATED: Jan 26, 2012

MOUNT PLEASANT- Recall targets are raising concerns about the signatures turned in against them Thursday night.

From minor mistakes to voters who shouldn't have signed in the first place, volunteers for state Senator Van Wanggaard maintain hundreds of recall signatures shouldn't count.

In what's been dubbed the "GOP Victory Center", volunteers combed again and again through thousands of signatures stacked against state Sen. Van Wanggaard.

Republicans checked every word and number, and found entries they believe aren't eligible.

"A lot of it comes in people leaving off information.  Being out of district.  We've found people from Wisconsin Rapids, Mequon, Milwaukee area had signed these petitions," said campaign manager Justin Phillips.

TODAY'S TMJ4 sat with volunteer Jo Ann Kozenski as she uncovered signatures that didn't belong, like ones from Oak Creek.

"Some of these people really did not know what district he was in," said Kozenski.

One voter told TODAY'S TMJ4 he made a mistake and thought he could sign.

Democrats won't comment on the signatures directly, but say they're not concerned by the allegations.  Democrats pointed out they submitted 24,000 signatures, which is more than 150% of the signatures needed.

Meanwhile, Republicans tally their troubles and prepare for the next step.

Democrats also believe many people may have signed petitions, thinking they were for the recall of the governor or lieutenant governor.

Volunteers in Mount Pleasant are on pace to finish their examination by the end of the week.