While it pains me to say it, the Walkerbots might have a point on the verification process. There is a shortcoming in the language of the recall law that should at least be discussed.
The law, as written, affords no third-party groups or individuals a seat at the recall verification table. The law is quite clear.
(9.10(3)(b)): Within 10 days after the petition is offered for filing, the officer against whom the petition is filed may file a written challenge with the official, specifying any alleged insufficiency.
Only the “officer against whom the petition is filed” may challenge the insufficiency of the recall signatures. This means that only Scott Walker or his direct agents may challenge signatures. To be fair, this is a limit that is imposed on all officials, we’re not singling out Scott Walker or the other targets of recall this time around for special treatment. Nor am I advocating changing the law in the middle of the process. But I do believe that the legislature needs to take up the issue of who should be allowed to challenge signatures.
Where does this leave the individual voter who knows their signature appeared on the recall but knows she did not sign it? It seems to me that this is a serious shortcoming in the way the law is written.
So let me as you all, what do you think?