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Wisconsin Recall Petition Burner Gets Burned, Faces Felony Charges

UPDATE: A second person has been arrested, this time for destroying a recall sign.

As reported multiple times now, the recall process in Wisconsin has been ugly, with many Right Wing Badgers trying to destroy recall signatures as their last option to avoid what early numbers indicate will be a certain recall election of Governor Scott Walker.

Today a West Bend, WI man is facing charges after his attempt to destroy signatures. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

A 30-year-old West Bend man was arrested Sunday on allegations of defacing recall petitions for Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch at a residence in West Bend.

“The suspect stood in line to sign a petition and when given the petition clip board, he scribbled out some names on the actual form and the recall worker took the clipboard back and he left the scene without any incident,” West Bend police Sgt. Matt Rohlinger said.
Police used a license plate number to track down the suspect.

The incident happened about 12:20 p.m. outside the house of a teacher who was collecting signatures, said Waring R. Fincke, a lawyer who is one of the organizers of the recall effort in Washington County.

The man was being held in the Washington County Jail.

This is not the only story out of Wisconsin about people trying to destroy recall signatures. A group called “Operation Burn Notice” has been bragging about their anti-democracy activities via various social media outlets. According to, they recently wrote on Facebook:

The fires have been extinguished and the ashes spread. It was a very good day for a Sunday. To date, Operation Burn Notice has destroyed over 11,000 “documents”. Do the math, kiddies. First correct total of signatures gets the Sunday, weekly door-prize.

The Pro-Recall group One Wisconsin Now has been helping fight against those trying to destroy signatures and played a part in exposing Operation Burn Notice.

“We cannot allow democracy to be threatened by those who would illegally destroy recall petitions with valid signatures on them,” Ross said. “We intend to keep the public informed about its rights during the signature gathering process and alert those who would engage in illegal conduct that they do so at their own peril.”


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