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Republicans throwing out numerous invalid recall signatures in Waukesha

Republicans throwing out numerous invalid recall signatures in Waukesha

By WTMJ News Team. CREATED Jan 27, 2012 - UPDATED: Jan 27, 2012

WAUKESHA - Republicans are getting their first look at all the recall signatures against Governor Walker.

Volunteers at the Waukesha County Republican headquarters told TODAY'S TMJ4 they're thrilled to finally get started.  They began reviewing signatures Friday afternoon, launching a statewide mission to tackle the recall effort.

Packed into a Waukesha warehouse, Republicans got their hands on recall petitions for the first time.  Nearly a thousand people signed up to help.  "It's really positive.  High energy.  They're excited to get going with this process and get it over with," said executive director Cathy Waller.

Volunteers will be at the warehouse and at nine other sites like this one for the next five days.  They will be closely checking every line, every name, every number.

"We're finding a lot of things that we're flagging," said Waller.

And after just hours on the job, they're already discovering discrepancies.  "I would say from the many of us that have been here, there are going to be thousands that aren't going to be counted," said volunteer Ann Strakulski.

The finds are treasures for supporters and the governor as they look to whittle away at more than one million signatures.

Democrats aren't concerned by the claims or the massive Republican effort.  "The children of Wisconsin didn't sign.  The dead didn't sign, either," said Democratic party spokesman Graeme Zielinski.  "Have a hundred.  Have a thousand.  Have a million victory sites around Wisconsin.  You're not going to stop the recall."

Republican officials told TODAY'S TMJ4 they realize it's unlikely they'll bring the signature count below the threshold of 540,000.  They maintain they're working to keep the petitions in check.