On December 15, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker filed a lawsuit in state court, alleging that the state’s petition challenge system, at least as applied to the recall petition currently circulating against him, violates the U.S. Constitution. The recall petition needs 540,208 signatures, but not all signers must be registered voters. They must be eligible to register to vote.
The lawsuit says that many individuals are signing the petition twice, and because the state elections officials don’t plan to weed out duplicate signatures, the burden is on the Governor and his supporters to find the duplicate signatures and challenge them. The lawsuit also points out that the Governor and his supporters would only have ten days to do this work, and that the burden violates due process. Here is the 8-page complaint. The case is Friends of Scott Walker, and Scott Walker, v Wisconsin Government Accountability Board. It is filed in state circuit court in Waukesha County, no. 11-cv-04195.