Friday, January 6, 2012

Wisconsin: Judge orders GAB to be more aggressive in vetting process

Following up on the earlier Mickey Mouse signature issue, a circuit court judge ruled that the GAB has to be more aggressive in vetting the signatures. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the ruling does not include an injunction and is based on state law, not the equal protection arguments made by the plaintiffs. The ruling appears to throw it into the GAB's court. Here's some detail on what it could cost:

In court, Kennedy testified that entering signatures into a database and looking for duplicates could take eight extra weeks for his staff. He also said hiring an outside vendor to search for duplicates could cost $94,000 - and even then there was no guarantee the vendor's software would work on handwritten signatures. Davis pointed out that the board could ask the Legislature for more money for staff and get the job done faster.

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