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Board Wants At Least 60 Days For Recall Review

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin board that oversees elections is asking for at least 60 days to review petitions filed earlier this week to recall Gov. Scott Walker and five other Republicans from office.

The Government Accountability Board asked for the extension Friday. Current law requires the review to be done in 31 days.

The board is seeking more time because of the large number of petitions filed. Circulators say they turned in a total of about 1.9 million signatures.

Board spokesman Reid Magney says a hearing in Dane County circuit court on the request is scheduled for Wednesday morning.

Republican Party spokesman Ben Sparks says the board should take as long as it needs to verify the signatures. Democratic Party spokesman Graeme Zielinski says recall elections should be as soon as possible.

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