off to Promising Start, Organizer Says

MacIver News Service | December 6, 2011

[Madison, Wisc…] In one day, more than 1,000 volunteers from across Wisconsin and the nation have already signed up to help two Tea Party groups verify the petitions in the upcoming gubernatorial recall.

“The response [Monday] has been overwhelming,” said Ross Brown of the Tea Party group, We the People of the Republic, one of two nonprofit organizations sponsoring the project. “Verify The Recall has become a national story less than 24 hours after it was announced.’

Brown’s comments came in an email update to supporters. His group is partnering with The Wisconsin Grandsons of Liberty to sponsor the online project. It is at that website where volunteers can sign up to data enter the data from the handwritten petitions.

The groups announced that more than 1,200 individuals signed up on the website in the first 24 hours since the site was launched.

The Tea Party groups will use software that will help identify duplicate signatures and other signature irregularities like questionable addresses. Additionally, Once the signatures have been entered, Wisconsin residents will be able to check if their names were fraudulently or accurately submitted.

Last week, the MacIver News Service reported that despite requesting a supplemental budget appropriation in excess of $600,000, the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board would not be checking the authenticity or validity of the more than 540,000 recall petitions.

Ross said the effort is all about making Wisconsin elections are clean and fair. The project, which also has a page on facebook, is an independent, non-partisan effort and is not affiliated with any candidate or public official, or with any campaign.

The Verify the Recall project does not endorse or oppose any public officials or candidates for public office. We the People of the Republic and The Wisconsin Grandsons of Liberty are 501(c)4 non-profit organizations.