The results are in – they should be advocating for stronger public schools!
I recently asked "who is going to verify the "Verify the Recall" group? Luckily for us, our friends at PR watch did just that:
Findings released this week from the Tea Party-led “Verify the Recall” effort allege that recall proponents fell short of the 540,000 signatures necessary to recall Governor Scott Walker. However, a cursory review of the pages they allege are erroneous actually include the information they claim is missing. Signatures the groups deem “ineligible” are very clearly legitimate. Some of the problems appear to arise from data entry errors on the part of True the Vote volunteers.
VTR said that they supposedly had approximately 4700 “volunteers” from across the country(who all shall remain anonymous) who entered 820,000 names and 138,203 petitions. The problem though was 1,000,000 names and 152,508 petitions were submitted. Oops. That means they flat out did not “verify” almost 60,000 signatures. According to their logic, if they did not enter the names they have to be ineligible. VTR also “flagged” another 228,940 for”further investigation”. Again, VTR logic states if they flag it, it must be ineligible.
Brendan @ PR Watch went through these and found a pattern. The “ineligible” signatures were embarrassingly to VTR eligibile. Let’s look at some examples:
The following examples are not isolated — many, many similar mistakes were quickly found in the True the Vote data set:
True the Vote discounts the signature of Mary Babiash (page 980) because she added the state abbreviation “WI” to her zip code. Her address is otherwise correct.
The group calls Clifford Winkleman’s signature (see page 3) ineligible because it has a “bad sign date.” The date section on his petition is completed, but it looks like he pushed hard when he wrote the “10” in “01/10/2012.” Linda Winkleman, who lives at the same address, signed below him, and also on 01/10/2012.
The group would not count Joshua Epps’ signature (see page 250) because he forgot to add the year when he dated his otherwise-valid signature.
The signature from Tyrell Luebkes (see page 983) would not be counted because he entered his city in the “street address” section, and vice versa.
They would not count Cheryl L Koch’s signature (see page 497), saying she had a “bad sign date” of 1/91/12 because of a stray pen stroke behind the “9” on the correct sign date: 1/9/12
I know! I know!
But Wait There's More:
According to VTR, data entry errors makes signatures ineligible:
True the Vote appeared to mark other signatures “ineligible” because of data entry errors on the part of True the Vote volunteers.
True the Vote considers Heath Beacher’s signature (see page 497) ineligible because “1/6/ 2012” (note space) was entered into the database, causing the software to mark it with a “bad sign date.” The date on the original, handwritten petition is legible and valid. This data entry error is enough to invalidate her signature.
Keith Iverson’s signature (see page 259) is given a “bad sign date” of “Dec 2, 2011,” apparently because the volunteer entering the information into the True the Vote database wrote “Dec.” rather than “12.” This flags his signature as “Invalid.”
Kelly Ullrick signed a recall petition with her full name, but the True the Vote volunteer entering her into the database (see page 984) failed to include her last name. The software tagged this as an “incomplete record,” and thus ineligible, due to a missing last name, even though her last name is clearly visible on the original petition.
Similarly, Alexandra Aulisi’s signature (see page 9) is ineligible because of a “bad sign date,” after the volunteer entering data wrote the letters “ll” rather than the numbers “11” for “11/15/ll”.
Meghan Walsh’s signature (see page 168) is deemed invalid for a “bad sign date,” because the True the Vote volunteer entered “!!/!^/!!” instead of 11/11/2011.
True the Vote considers Jocelyn Tilsen’s signature (see page 2) ineligible as a result of a “bad sign date,” because one of their volunteers entered “1/1O/12” (note O) instead of 1/10/12.
Review the data for yourself here!
While the VTR/TTV folks are adamant on remaining anonymous during this process, Blogging Blue was able to get exclusive footage of their initial motivational, informational meeting!
Seriously though the VTR/TTV people are like bad karaoke singers who everyone encourages to keep singing so they can be made fun and do not get that they are the joke and not part of the joke. I am starting to feel sorry for them.
There is a reason that even Scott Walker will not take them seriously.