A spokesman for the state GOP said allegations that the party told people who signed the recall petitions that the signature counted as a vote was false. The allegation is one of two state Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) sent to state election officials Tuesday morning in a request for an investigation. Taylor also asked the state to look into claims that calls were made telling people that the recall election was Wednesday.
“If these allegations prove to be true, the GOP had nothing to do with it,” state Republican Party spokesman Ben Sparks told HuffPost.
Taylor said that she does not know if the GOP was behind the call but thinks it was supporters of Gov. Scott Walker (R) who know Walker could lose to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) in Tuesday’s recall vote.
She sent a letter to the state Government Accountability Board this morning asking for an immediate investigation into the two allegations. She said that voters have received calls directing them to vote Wednesday and telling them petition signatures counted as votes. Taylor told HuffPost she was not sure how widespread the cases are throughout the state, but that she and her staff were continuing to gather more information about the allegations. She noted they have been spreading through social media since Monday.
“It is nonsense,” Taylor said. “It is the desperation. I want the GAB to investigate.”
Staffers at the Wisconsin Education Association confirmed to HuffPost that they have heard similar messages going to voters but they did not know the origin of the messages or how widespread the rumors are. In her letter to the GAB, Taylor said that the calls regarding the petition signatures came from a Madison-area phone number. A call placed to that number came back with a voicemail saying the caller had reached the Wisconsin Republican Party.
“They know Tom Barrett has the momentum,” Taylor said. “We have a record number of individuals voting.”
Read more about this investigation request in the HuffingtonPost