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Judge to hear arguments in elections lawsuit

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) – A Waukesha County judge is preparing to hear arguments in a lawsuit that will determine how the state elections board handles petition signatures.

The plaintiffs include Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign. They want to challenge the way the Government Accountability Board validates signatures on petitions to recall Walker.

The lawsuit wants the board to look for and eliminate duplicate signatures, illegible signatures and obviously fake names. The board counters that state law requires it to presume signatures are valid as long as they’re properly dated and have Wisconsin addresses. It says the burden of challenging signatures is on the office-holder being targeted.

The judge is scheduled to hear arguments Thursday afternoon.

The recall effort was motivated in part because of Walker’s proposal that effectively ended collective-bargaining rights for public workers.

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