Biggest Recall in American History: More Than One Million
Signatures Submitted to Recall Scott Walker
Workers Independent News <[log in to unmask]>
January 16, 2012
MADISON - United Wisconsin today announced that more than one
million Wisconsinites have signed a petition to recall Scott
Walker, representing the most-participated-in major recall
effort in American history, and a number so significant that
it is beyond any legal challenge. More then 845,000
signatures were collected for Rebecca Kleefisch. Signatures
were submitted to the Government Accountability Board this
The signatures represent the largest recall effort in the
history of the United States and 185 percent of the
signatures needed to trigger a recall of Walker.
"The collection of more than one million signatures
represents a crystal clear indication of how strong the
appetite is to stop the damage and turmoil that Scott Walker
has caused Wisconsin," said Ryan Lawler, board member for
United Wisconsin. "Scott Walker and his supporters tried to
demean and marginalize recall circulators, but in Wisconsin
winter, an army of more than 30,000 Wisconsin born-and-bred
recall volunteers took to street corners, malls, places of
worship, dinner tables and sidewalks to take their state
The total of a million signatures to recall Scott Walker
represents nearly half, 46 percent, of the electorate - and
is just shy of the TOTAL votes received by Walker in his 2010
election (Walker received 1.12 million votes).
In comparison, this figure surpasses the per capita
participation in the effort to trigger a ballot initiative in
Ohio last fall against a Republican union-busting effort,
where 32 percent of the electorate signed the petition, and
in America’s only other two gubernatorial recalls, in 2003 in
California and in 1921 in North Dakota, the signature totals
were 23.4 percent and 31.8 percent, of the electorate signed
respectively. The attached charts outline these figures.
Fun facts about the recall petitions of Walker, Kleefisch and
the Senate recalls include:
* The weight of all of the signatures collected is 3,000
pounds. That’s two of the heaviest Wisconsin Dairy (Holstein)
Cows, or 158 of the heaviest Badgers.
* 300,000 pages at 14" each laid end to end is 66.3 miles.
This is the distance from Green Bay to Oshkosh, La Crosse to
* Stood straight up the petition pile is 128 times higher
than the tallest building in the world.
* Stacked on top of one another, the petitions would reach
125 feet high, which is taller than the wings of the Madison
Capitol Building (those are 84 feet high).
United Wisconsin is the non-partisan grassroots organization
heading up the recall efforts of Scott Walker and Rebecca
Kleefisch in Wisconsin. The group plans to continue its work
as the recall campaign moves forward. For more information,
Workers Independent News - 520 University Avenue, Suite 320,
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 608.251.0327
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