Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Public Sentiment Strong on Walker Recall in Green County.

If you want to get a better idea of how people have responded to the Walker recall, read the following article from the Monroe Times, in Green County:
MONROE - More people in Green County signed a petition to put Gov. Scott Walker up for recall than voted for him or his opponent Tom Barrett in 2010, according to an estimate by local volunteers in the recall effort.

Coordinators Amy Sloan, Monroe, and Tim Sager, Belleville, say more than 9,000 signatures have been collected in Green County … This represents about 43 percent of all registered voters in the county (20,725 as of July 2011) and eclipses votes cast for Walker (6,391) and Barrett (6,567), according to data from the Government Accountability Board (GAB), the nonpartisan panel that oversees Wisconsin elections. "People just came out in droves in Monroe. We didn't have to work very hard to find them," she said.

The recall effort consumed her life … "I wouldn't have it any other way. This ranks right after the birth of my child," Sloan said.

Kay Krebs, another volunteer in Monroe, said she was stunned by the intensity surrounding the campaign to recall Walker. "I haven't seen anything like this since the Vietnam War," she said. "And I'm that old."

Sager, who lives in Dane County but stepped forward early on to help out in Green County, also reported a mostly positive experience, besides getting shooed off a few lawns - "to which I responded gladly, and quickly walked off their property."

Sager is a self-avowed independent voter and said, "I met several Republicans who came in to sign the petition who voted for him and were disgusted with him," he said. Now that little is left for recall volunteers to do, Sager said many have expressed interest in helping seniors in Green County get correct identification, to prepare them for a new state law that requires a photo ID to vote. "There's a lot of concern that the new voter ID law is going to disenfranchise senior citizens," he said. 

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