An ounce of prevention…

State Senator Glenn Grothmann (R-West Bend) is seeking cosponsors for a mild reform requiring circulators of recall petitions to provide a notarized statement verifying their identity, and stating that they personally gathered the signatures on the petition.

It seems a small thing to ask, given that even this thin defense against fraud is unavailable for the possible recall of Governor Walker. There is virtually no practical way to weed out fraudulent signatures from those now being collected.

It is true Grothman is seeking a higher standard for recalls and nomination papers in regular elections, but so what? Ripe for abuse under current law, the recall process allows a minority of a minority to force a do-over of a lawful election. Notarization was mandatory for candidate nomination papers until 2000 when the legislature foolishly removed the requirement.

Prior to this year, no one would have foreseen the need for the kind of reforms proposed by Grothman and by State Rep. Robin Vos (R-Racine). Their simple objective is to spare Wisconsin residents from finding themselves at the mercy of a minority of voters whenever they don’t get their way.

Wisconsin taxpayers have already spent $2 million on recall elections this year and the next round of recalls could cost more than $10 million.


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The Club for Growth is a national network of over 40,000 men and women, from all walks of life, who believe that prosperity and opportunity come through economic freedom. Wisconsin Club for Growth, Inc. is dedicated to informing, educating and rallying citizens of Wisconsin to embrace and enact policies that lead to sustained economic growth, limited government, and minimal taxation. Wisconsin Club for Growth can and will have an enormous impact on the direction of our state. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes that effective lobbying is done at all stages of the budget cycle, including when our leaders make public promises and can be encouraged to support policies that spur economic growth. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes we must support pro-growth policies and encourage public officials with backbones to remain truly committed to making our economy and our state stronger. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes our leaders must stand up to the tax and spend mentality in Madison and work tirelessly to cut taxes and unleash the power of the free-market.

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