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Wis. recall petitions posted online

Feb. 1, 2012 at 5:37 PM   |   Comments

MADISON, Wis., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- The names and addresses of those who signed petitions for the recall of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are now available on the Internet, officials said.

The state Government Accountability Board posted the petitions Tuesday night after rejecting arguments that doing so would be an invasion of privacy, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Advocates for victims of domestic violence also argued against putting the petitions up on the grounds that abusers might learn the addresses of former partners.

"No expectation of privacy is implied or justified under the statutes when an individual chooses to sign a public recall petition rather than simply expressing that conviction in the privacy of the voting booth," Kevin Kennedy, who heads the board, said.

The board, which runs Wisconsin elections, posted recall petitions last year for state legislators.

While the board announced the petitions would go up Monday, officials delayed for 24 hours after the American Civil Liberties Union raised privacy concerns.

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