Wisconsin

About That “1 Million Signatures” Number…

Campaigns

By Collin Roth

According to the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, over 1 million signatures were turned in to recall Governor Scott Walker. No one has yet to confirm the total number of signatures turned into the Government Accountability Board, let alone how many are actually valid.

But, according to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board we do know 152,336 Scott Walker recall petition pages were turned in two weeks ago.

Simple math would show that using the round number of 1 million, the average number of signatures per page would have to come out to a minimum of 6.56 (most recall petition pages have space for 10 names, some only 5). If the number is higher than 1 million (as Democrats claim), that would drive up the average number of signatures per page up (1.1 million would make the average number of signatures per page 7.22). A look through many of the recall petitions show many with all 10 lines filled while many have as few as just 1 or 2 names.

For perspective, the recall petitions for the four Republican State Senators show the average number of signatures per page below 6 names per page.

  • Sen. Terry Moulton- 4.1 signatures per page
  • Sen. Pam Galloway- 4.44 signatures per page
  • Sen. Scott Fitzgerald- 5.19 signatures per page
  • Sen. Van Wanggaard- 5.86 signatures per page

If the average number of signatures is any less that the 6.56 signatures per page, this could drastically reduce the number of actual signatures turned into the GAB:

  • If the average is 6 names per page, this would leave 914,016 signatures
  • If the average is 5.5 names per page, this would leave 837,848 signatures
  • If the average is 5 names per page, this would leave 761,680 signatures
  • If the average is 4.5 names per page, this would leave 685,512 signatures

This is not to say that it is impossible for the Recall Walker petitions to reach an average of 6.56 signatures per page. There was no doubt a higher level of enthusiasm for the Walker recall than the State Senate recalls. But it remains a fact that nobody truly knows yet how many signatures were turned in to recall Governor Walker. Let alone, valid signatures.

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