MADISON (WKOW) — Some candidates for governor are facing complaints that some of the signatures they submitted to get on the ballot are invalid.
The Executive Director of Republican Party of Wisconsin, Mark Morgan, filed two complaints earlier this week against Andy Gronik and state Rep. Dana Wachs regarding the signatures they submitted.
The deadline to file a complaint was Monday. Officials say the Election Commission has received 11.
The Republican Party claims hundreds of signatures submitted by Wachs were incomplete or contained faculty information. They also argue Gronik gathered some signatures that might not be qualified, claiming some were signed by felons.
Both spokespeople for Wachs and Gronik said the complaints are not credible. Wach’s campaign manager Brita Olsen said these complaints prove Governor Walker is scared of the competition.
"It’s clear that the Republican Party considers Dana to be a serious threat to Scott Walker’s re-election — and they should,” said Olsen. “Voters are fed up with Walker’s dishonesty and his pandering to wealthy out-of-state corporations. This challenge isn’t going to stop Dana’s campaign, which is growing stronger every day and building more support in every corner of the state.”
Gronik’s campaign spokesperson said none of his signatures came from felons.
“These accusations go beyond the typical dog-whistle and red meat politics we’ve grown to expect from Scott Walker’s political machine — it is blatantly and offensively racist to suggest that a significant number of Andy’s signatures are invalid simply because the signers come from Milwaukee, or because the signatures were collected by black and brown folks in Milwaukee.”
Under election laws, each candidate has three days to challenge these allegations. On Monday, the commission will have the final say at their meeting to determine which candidates can be on the ballot and which ones did not gather enough credible signatures.
“We will have staff working throughout the weekend analyzing these things, making recommendations to the commission,” said Reid Magney, Election Commission Public Information Officer. “Will be laying out what the evidence is, what is something they can actually complain about and what are things they can’t.”