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GAB agrees to reject outside petition reviews

Kevin Kennedy. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

GAB agrees to reject outside petition reviews

By the WTMJ News Team and the Associated Press. CREATED Feb 6, 2012 - UPDATED: Feb 7, 2012

MADISON - Wisconsin's elections board has agreed not to accept independent reviews of recall petitions done by anyone other than Gov. Scott Walker and other targeted office holders and those who circulated the petitions.

The Government Accountability Board on Tuesday agreed to reject an offer made by a pair of tea party groups offering to turn over their own review of the estimated 1 million signatures submitted on the Walker recall petitions.

Board director Kevin Kennedy says there is no process in place for accepting information from outside groups and individuals.

"The legislature made it very clear about how government is supposed to act. Like in a court, you don't just allow people to walk in and say to the court, 'I've got additional evidence.' You want to have certain procedures in place for that," Kennedy told TODAY'S TMJ4's Lacey Crisp.

The four targeted state senators have until Thursday to challenge signatures. Walker's challenges are due Feb. 27 and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch has until March 5.

The GAB has until March 19 to verify all of the petitions.