Letter: Petition circulators aren't checking addresses
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 8:05 AM
To the editor:
“….I know that the signers are electors of the jurisdiction or district represented by the officeholder named in this petition….I know their respective residences….I am aware that falsifying this certification is punishable under S.12.13(3)(a), Wis. Stats.”
So reads the declaration that every Recall Petition circulator must sign and date at the bottom of each sheet.
They are directed to certify they know every signer recorded on their petitions, as well as each signer’s respective residence.
Whoever violates the above law is guilty of a Class I felony, according to a related statute.
On Thursday, Dec. 1, I stopped in front of our local Post Office, where two men had set up shop to collect “Recall Walker” petitions.
I signed their petition to test them. I did not know these guys at all, and I am almost certain neither of them knew me.
They did not ask me to show any identification, and they definitely did not know my legal residence.
If the petition carrying my name and address was certified by the circulator and forwarded for the recall, it is fraudulent and should be declared invalid....
Hopefully justice will prevail!
— Dave Gray
733 Newbury St.
To read the entire letter, see the Dec. 15, 2011 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.