Wisc. Gov. Scott Walker | Recall Location Revealed. Watch Via Webcam.
It is just now over one year since Wisconsin State Governor Scott Walker introduced a bill to virtually eliminate collective bargaining for public labor unions, and who required state- and local-government employees to begin paying into their own pension accounts. For this, Walker faces an almost certain recall election this summer.
Kevin Kennedy, director of the Government Accountability Board, which oversees elections and is in charge of the work being done, has just recently released the secretly guarded location of the recall signature processing. The work is being done in a 100-year-old white brick building two miles east of the state Capitol.
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Viewers have been able to watch the progress via a webcam that broadcasts, without sound, and has attracted tens of thousands of visitors in the opening days. Anyone may watch the live stream from Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For the past month, about 50 temporary workers earning about $10 an hour have been poring through roughly 1.9 million signatures on the recall petitions submitted Jan. 17 as they go line by line to flag any of the signatures that should not be counted for one of many reasons, including lack of an address or no date.
The elections board has until March 19 to determine whether enough signatures were collected to order recall elections for Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and four GOP state senators. Kennedy said it’s difficult to say whether the work will get done by March 19. The board was granted a 30-day extension by a judge, but it could seek another one.
I hope they do as this is truly what a Democracy is about… if any elected official is not representing the best interests of the people, then citizens should be able to do exactly what they are doing in Wisconsin… gather enough signatures as required by law and demand a recall. This should be allowed for any and all elected AND appointed positions in our government.