Monday, November 21, 2011

Kurt Schuller, Secretary of the Treachery

Oh, look, yet another problem coming from Scott Walker's administration:
Schuller re-tweeted that message with this advice: "This is a violation of election law. All signers must sign in the presence of the circulator."

Schuller told us he wanted to make it clear that the "instructions that the tweeter gave out were wrong."

"If everyone who saw that (tweet) followed those instructions exactly as they put it" the petitions would be invalid, he said. "That would be fraud. … For God’s sake, you’ve got to give them all of the information. If you just send back an individual affidavit, the election’s board won’t allow it."

Kennedy, whose agency enforces election rules, said Schuller has a point. Each recall petition signer must do so in the presence of a circulator. But he’s wrong the key point: You can function as both the signer and the circulator.

"You can certify your own signature," Kennedy said.

It’s done all the time in other state races, including that for treasurer, where candidates must gather signatures on nomination papers, he said.

And it’s not illegal. The elections board took up the matter on Nov. 9, 2011 as it relates to recall petitions. The decision was that if someone prints out a petition and signs it, they must sign it a second time, at the bottom, as a circulator.

So what do we make of the treasurer’s tweets?

Schuller said on Twitter that it’s a "violation of election law" to print out and sign your own recall petition. He said he was responding to a tweet he felt was incomplete. But it’s not a violation of election law. The same person can be both the signer and the circulator.

We have a 10-character response for our rating of Schuller’s tweet: It’s False
Scott Walker and his administration is just like used motor oil: Dirty, greasy, sure to leave a stain and not at all slick.

It's time to get rid of the lot of them.

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