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Walker recall rally planned for Tuesday

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Gazette staff
November 15, 2011
— A local rally to mark the start of the local effort to recall Gov. Scott Walker is set for 4:30 p.m. today at the Rock County Job Center, 1900 Center Ave.

Today is the first day that voters can sign recall petitions.


The rally will include speeches, volunteer signups and petition signing, said Lisa Sheldon, local organizer for United Wisconsin, which is leading the recall effort.


The local rally is one of dozens scheduled statewide. Organizers hope to gather 1 million signatures, although they need 540,208, Sheldon said.


United Wisconsin's offices are at the UAW Hall, 1795 Lafayette St., where a petition-signing event was scheduled for just after midnight today, Sheldon said.


The Democratic Party also has set up an office at the UAW Hall, Sheldon said.


The Democrats on Monday announced nine winners of its "first to sign" contest. Winners included Linda and Douglas Martindale of Elkhorn, whose names will be among the first to appear on the petitions, according to a news release.


Also Monday, the Republican Party of Wisconsin announced a website where it said voters could report "any wrong-doing or suspect foul play by Wisconsin Democrats or big government union bosses." The website is at


recallintegritycenter.com.


Another recall-Walker rally is set for noon Wednesday at UW-Rock County, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville.


Upcoming are "sign and drive" events, to be held around the state, in which voters can sign the petitions without leaving their cars, Sheldon said.


A large rally is scheduled for Saturday at the state Capitol in Madison.


Petitions must be submitted to the state by Jan. 17. Sheldon said the recall election likely would be held sometime next spring.



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