Organizers have collected over 500,000 signatures in the effort to trigger a recall election against Wisconsin GOP Gov. Scott Walker, the group spearheading the effort announced on Thursday.
United Wisconsin announced that it has collected 507,533 signatures in four weeks. 540,208 valid signatures must be submitted to the state to trigger a recall election.
"The people of Wisconsin are not buying [Walker's] lies and are moving at record pace to stop Walker's destruction and recall him from office," said United Wisconsin Executive Director Meagan Mahaffey.
The pace at which the group is collecting signatures all but ensures that a recall election will be triggered. Party organizers on both sides have been gearing up for a race, and Walker recently staffed up his campaign team in anticipation of a race. He's also been up on TV airing ads.
United Wisconsin also announced they are upping their signature collection goal to 720,277. One the Jan. 17 signature collection deadline passes, The state Government Accountability Board must verify all the signatures and collecting more than the 540,000+ needed will provide a cushion, as its a foregone conclusion that some signatures will be disqualified.