RIVER FALLS, Wis. (WCCO) — Organizers of the effort to recall Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker from office they have collected 300,000 signatures, more than half of what is needed to force an election.

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The United Wisconsin coalition needs 540,208 signatures by Jan. 17 to force a recall election sometime in 2012. They reported Monday that over half the number needed had been collected in just 12 days, with signatures coming in from all 72 Wisconsin counties.

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The recall drive was motivated by anger over Walker’s proposal effectively ending collective bargaining rights for most public workers. The law passed in March despite massive protests and the fleeing of all 14 Democratic state senators to Illinois for three weeks.

About 250 miles from Wisconsin’s capitol in Madison, Nan Lambert is leading her own political movement along Main Street in River Falls.

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Watch Liz Collin’s report above.

Liz Collin