The drive to oust Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker from office launched Tuesday morning in Madison, and volunteers now have 60 days to collect 540,000 valid signatures to trigger a recall election. Volunteers in Madison Tuesday morning were busy walking the streets with their clipboards, gathering signatures. The volunteers filed their petition to launch the recall effort online at midnight, and the official hard copy was marched from the Madison Recall Office to the Government Accountability Board.
The effort was led by a mother of five from Fort Atkinson, Julie Wells, who says the moment Tuesday was worth the long wait.
"It was surreal. I actually felt like I was dreaming. We were walking over there, and I said, remember 10 months ago, marching around the Capitol and saying we had to wait for him to be in office a year before we could recall him and it felt like that was going to take forever, and here it is," Well said.
Dane County Executive Kathy Falk is a rumored Democratic candidate, and she was on hand in Madison Tuesday morning as well, and says Tuesday is a historic day.
"The moment is now. The firestorm that Governor Walker ignited in January, led to a historic day in Wisconsin, where many citizens across the state begin to take back the state we love," Falk said.
At least seven-thousand volunteers were said to be walking the streets of Madison Tuesday, gathering signatures. Those signatures will then have to be verified by the Government Accountability Board before determining if or when a recall election could take place.