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Amid recent map changes, recall organizers seek clarity on signatures

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(The Center Square) – For a campaign seeking a recall of the record-setting speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly, it says confirmation is needed of the geographic boundaries necessary for the required 6,850 petition signatures.

They’ve asked a Dane County judge to decide.

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, in the Assembly since 2005 and speaker since 2013, represents nearly 60,000 for District 63. On Feb. 19, Gov. Tony Evers signed into law new maps for the next election cycle and that will put Vos in District 33.

The campaign against Vos says it turned in more than 10,000 signatures. The lawmaker says they’re not all valid. How many and where the signatures came from will decide if there are enough.

Additionally, prosecutors in Racine County have opened a fraud investigation into the recall organizers probing claims of misrepresentation.

Last Thursday, Vos had harsh words for his critics and said every signature would be checked. On Tuesday, the Recall Vos campaign asked for more time and a ruling from the judge on where signatures needed to originate.

The campaign against Vos said it wants to ensure fair and accurate review of the signatures. It said the will of the people will be reflected. In a statement, it said there are “ongoing uncertainties surrounding the legislative district boundaries which are crucial for the analysis of the petition.”

Vos has drawn criticism on two fronts, each tied to former President Donald Trump and the 2020 presidential election. He didn’t impeach Meagan Wolfe, the nonpartisan administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, but does want her replaced; and he did not attempt to decertify a win of less than 21,000 votes by Joe Biden over Trump in Wisconsin en route to the White House.

Wolfe has been in her position since 2018. Biden and Trump each have enough pledged delegates to win the party nominations this summer at national conventions for Democrats and Republicans, respectively, and proceed to a rematch.

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