There is little doubt on both sides that recall organizers can collect the requisite number of signatures to trigger an election. The recall effort against Walker got off to a very quick start as United Wisconsin announced that 300,000 signatures were collected during the first 12 days of the petition drive. Organizers have 60 days to collect just over 540,000 signatures. The state has 31 days to certify the petition signatures after the 60-day collection window closes on Jan. 17. But (and this is a significant but, considering the amount of signatures expected to be submitted) that 31-day period could run into overtime. As the AP notes, the Government Accountability Board plans to request an extension to get 60 days to complete its review process. The state Democratic party, meanwhile has scheduled a 12 p.m. local time Thursday update on the recall effort.
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