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GAB requests more money; possibly more time to review recall petitions

GAB requests more money; possibly more time to review recall petitions

By Matt Montgomery & Nick Iannelli. CREATED Feb 28, 2012

MADISON- The Government Accountability Board will likely request an extension as it continues sorting through recall petitions against Governor Walker. 

Reid Magney, spokesman with the GAB, told Newsradio 620 WTMJ, "We are continuing with our process, we filed a request for additional funding with the Joint Committee on Finance," said Magney.  "We anticipate that we may ask for more time beyond the March 19 deadline.  The Board is going to be discussing that at its meeting on March 12 and at this point, I can't say how much more time we will be asking for."

A Dane County circuit judge would decide whether the board would receive more time to complete the petition review process.

According to a memo issued by the GAB, "The GAB is currently required to complete its examination and determination of the sufficiency of the petitions no later than March 19, 2012.  The agency anticipates requesting additional time in order to complete the duplicate signature analysis and to ensure if recall elections are ordered, the recall election events are consolidated and do not conflict  with existing election events or holidays."

Magney went on to say, "We anticipate that we may ask for more time beyond the March 19 deadline.  The Board is going to be discussing that at its meeting on March 12 and at this point, I can't say how much more time we will be asking for."