I posted yesterday about how Recall Wirch expects to submit several thousand more signatures than required for a recall election of Democratic state Senator Robert Wirch, who fled along with 13 other Democrats to Illinois.
Now Democrats are organizing to challenge as many of the signatures as they can, through a data entry program. From the Defend Wisconsin website:
The GOP-led campaign to recall Democratic Senator Bob Wirch is reported to be filing the requisite signatures next week. We will then have just 2-3 days to enter over 20,000 signatures. Consequently, efforts are underway to compile a list of volunteers who will be ready to mobilize at a moment’s notice. If you are interested in helping with data entry, please see the following message from Nick Niles, Recall Volunteer Outreach Coordinator at Wisconsin Progress:
I am writing to ask for your help with a special project. As you’re very well aware the Republican’s have been working to gather recall signatures against some members of the heroic “Dem 14.” We expect that the GOP will submit these signatures as soon as next week.
Rumors are that the quality of these signatures is less than prefect. We want to make sure that each one of these signatures is valid and from the district by individually checking and entering them line by line. This will give us the best chance of catching any invalid signatures.
This will not be an easy task. Volunteers will need to verify over 20,000 signatures in a period of 2 to 3 days. In order to meet this goal, we will need an army volunteers ready to enter data. As an added twist, we will not have much notice before the Republicans submit these signatures. This basically means that we need an army of people ready to assemble with less than a days notice….
You can help the Recall Wirch effort by donating at their website or here. They have collected signatures with little help and almost no budget, but they will need resources to counter the signature challenges.