State Democrats are challenging recall petitions against three of the party's state senators.
They are alleging fraud in the recall petitions of Dave Hansen of Green Bay, Jim Holperin of Conover and Robert Wirch of Pleasant Prairie.
"I think we will be able to throw out enough signatures to invalidate all of the recalls," said Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller at a news conference Thursday.
Miller said state Democrats are challenging the petitions filed against three state senators because a widespread pattern of fraud was used in gathering thousands of names.
"Circulators lying and misleading people about what the petitions are all about, circulators tricking people into signing, Wisconsin citizens learning their names appeared on the petitions when they never intended to sign, and other infractions," explained Miller.
"There's no truth to this," said David Vander Leest with the Committee to Recall Dave Hansen. "What we did is we had circulators in the 30th Senate district that clearly had people sign petitions that clearly stated what the reason for petition was on the top."
Vander Leest said he anticipated Democrats would challenge the signatures because they fear losing Hansen's seat in a recall election.
"The Democrats obviously feel threatened by the actions at hand, and the approach they're taking is simply to discredit the hard work of all the signers and circulators of the recall petition," said Vander Leest.
Miller said state Democrats have statements from people who were allegedly tricked into signing recall petitions.
"Affidavit from a voter in Senate District 30 attesting that circulator Richard Madrill claimed the petitions were to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker and this is just an example of the kinds of evidence that we've turned up in investigating these recall signatures," Miller said.
"For people to say they were misled, I almost have to wonder if some of those people weren't plants just to create fictitious stories to try to disqualify petitions in races that they fear losing seats in," said Vander Leest.
The Government Accountability Board said it cannot comment on the Democrats' claims.
In a statement the agency said: "If these allegations are included in formal challenges to the petitions, they will be considered and ruled on by the G.A.B. when it determines whether the petitions are sufficient at the meetings regarding recall petitions in late May."
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