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GAB director says validating recall signatures will take over 60 days


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The director of Wisconsin's elections agency says it will take longer than expected to validate recall signatures against the governor and five other officials.

Kevin Kennedy originally said the Government Accountability Board would need 60 days instead of the required 31 days to verify up to 1.5 million recall signatures. But that was before Waukesha Judge Mac Davis ordered a week ago that the Board should look for false and duplicate signatures, instead of leaving that job to the targets of the recalls.

Kennedy said the agency would spend $100,000 on computer software to place the signatures into a database, to make it easier to spot improper signatures.

He said the process will be longer because of the judge's ruling. And it's possible that a general election will be pushed into June.

Walker has been telling conservative groups that he expects his fate to be decided in June.

State Democratic spokesman Graeme Zielinski says the board's action is, "fine and proper" as long as it doesn't cause a, "big delay" during which time Walker can keep raising unlimited amounts of campaign money.

The governor has raised over $5 million so far -- over half coming from out of state. He spoke to a conservative forum in Texas Thursday.