A group of self-identified conservatives say they plan to sabotage the effort to recall Wisconsin GOP Gov. Scott Walker, which begins on Tuesday, by burning and shredding recall petitions they’ve collected and misleading Wisconsinites about the recall process.
These plans, discussed in Facebook posts that were first reported by the blog PolitiScoop, entail posing as recall supporters and gathering signatures, only to later destroy the petitions. They also include telling Wisconsinites that they can only sign one recall petition (which is false—they can sign different petitions as long as they each correspond to a different organization) and directing signature collectors to the homes of registered sex offenders. (Requests for comment were sent to each of the Facebook posters who allowed messages from other users.)
In one post, Will R. Jenkins says, “I’ll be able to destroy 15-20K signatures.” If things go well, he adds, he might even “be able to destroy upwards of 15-20% of the entire collected ballots in the state of Wisconsin”:
Michael Maistelman, a Wisconsin attorney and election law expert who reviewed screenshots of the comments, says the postings could raise serious legal issues if the plan is to tamper with official recall petitions. “If a person fraudulently solicits recall petitions and then destroys those petitions, they will probably go to jail,” Maistelman says. “The law is very clear on this.”
[UDPATE]: Reid Magney, a spokesman from Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board, says destroying or defacing an official recall petition would violate state law. (Here’s the relevant statute.) Such a violation, he adds, would be a class I felony in Wisconsin, which carries a maximum fine of $10,000 and up to three-and-a-half years in jail.
Wisconsinites, be on the lookout for this sort of behavior come Tuesday. What’s been described above are premeditated felonies and these individuals were simply dumb enough to get caught. Familiarize yourself with how this recall is going to work and protect yourself against the inevitable GOP dirty tricks. Scott Walker is going down.
What in the everloving fuck.
Like, I get having ideological differences with a movement or candidate or whatever - gods know I have some very strong ideological differences with certain political figures - but you don’t. fucking. take. away. people’s. electoral. voices. You just don’t. At that point you are outright saying you no longer wish to abide by that quaint notion called “democracy”, that you would be perfectly happy living in an authoritarian state or even a dictatorship, so long as your side is running the show. And when you declare your intent to interfere in the process of democracy in your country/state/city/etc, you declare yourself unfit for participation in said democracy, and ought to be exiled to a desert fucking island where you can all burn each other’s ballots in peace instead of trying to tear down even the last vestiges of nominal democracy left in this country.