UPDATE: Democrat Hulsey allowed on ballot against Burke

UPDATED Tuesday, June 10, 2014 --- 12:20 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Longshot candidate for governor Brett Hulsey has been allowed on the Aug. 12 primary ballot against fellow Democrat Mary Burke.

The Government Accountability Board voted unanimously Tuesday to grant ballot access to Hulsey, despite challenges to his nomination signatures brought by Michael Basford, chairman of the Democratic Party of Dane County.

But the board determined that Hulsey submitted 2,074 signatures, which is 74 more than what is needed to get on the ballot.

Basford argued that 319 signatures should be disallowed because the person's address appeared to be written by someone else. But board staff says that is allowable.

Hulsey attended the meeting but Basford did not.

Hulsey decided to run for governor rather than seek re-election to the state Assembly, where he has served two terms.

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UPDATED Thursday, June 5, 2014 --- 10:13 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Challenges to nomination papers filed by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Brett Hulsey and 4th Congressional District candidate Gary George have been filed with the state elections board.

Challenges were filed by Thursday's deadline for 13 candidates seeking to get on the ballot in Wisconsin. The Government Accountability Board planned to discuss the challenges and certify candidates at its Tuesday meeting.

All of the challenges allege candidates failed to submit an adequate number of signatures for a variety of reasons. Other candidates challenged include Republican state Sen. Frank Lasee, Republican Rep. Kathy Bernier and Democratic Rep. Mandela Barnes.

The challenge against Hulsey was filed by Michael Basford, chairman of the Democratic Party of Dane County.

George is a convicted felon and former state senator. He wants to challenge U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore.

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UPDATED Tuesday, June 3, 2014 --- 3:40 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- State Rep. Brett Hulsey appears to have submitted barely enough signatures to be placed on the ballot against fellow Democrat Mary Burke in the race for governor.

The Government Accountability Board on Tuesday gave tentative approval to Hulsey's nomination papers, meaning he appears to have the 2,000 signatures needed to get on the ballot. He had 131 over the minimum.

The board is meeting June 10 to certify candidates for the Aug. 12 primary. Objections can be filed through Thursday.

Another lesser-known Democrat, Marcia Mercedes Perkins, does not appear to have enough signatures. The board says her petitions have been denied.

Burke turned in 3,778 valid signatures while Republican Gov. Scott Walker had 3,825.

Libertarian and Peoples Party candidates also have gotten tentative approval to be on the ballot.

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UPDATED Monday, June 2, 2014 --- 5:10 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Longshot Democratic gubernatorial candidate state Rep. Brett Hulsey has filed signatures to put him on the ballot against the presumed nominee Mary Burke.

Hulsey was among the candidates who filed their papers Monday, the deadline to submit signatures required to get on the Aug. 12 primary.

The Government Accountability Board will review the signatures, and challenges, and then determine at its June 10 meeting who will be on the ballot.

Hulsey says he turned in 2,300 signatures. He needs 2,000.

Gov. Scott Walker's campaign submitted his signatures on Monday and Burke turned hers in last week.

A third lesser known Democrat, Marcia Mercedes Perkins, also filed signatures but the GAB did not immediately have a total count.

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UPDATED Monday, June 2, 2014 --- 2:21 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democratic state Rep. Brett Hulsey says he is still collecting signatures to get as many above the 2,000 minimum required to get on the ballot.

Hulsey says he has about 2,200 signatures and will be turning them in just before the Monday 5 p.m. deadline.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker turned in the maximum 4,000 allowed signatures earlier Monday. His spokeswoman Alleigh Marre says volunteers collected 15,000 signatures.

Democrat Mary Burke turned in 3,778 signatures on Friday.

The Government Accountability Board plans to meet on June 10 to discuss challenges to the signatures.

The primary is Aug. 12 with the general election on Nov. 4.

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Posted Monday, June 2, 2014 --- 9:50 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Longshot Democratic candidate for governor state Rep. Brett Hulsey says he has more than the 2,000 signatures required to get on the ballot to challenge former state Commerce Secretary Mary Burke.

Hulsey said Monday that he had about 2,200 signatures but he was still collecting them before the 5 p.m. Monday deadline.

Burke is the expected nominee to take on Republican Gov. Scott Walker, but Hulsey has been running a sometimes outlandish campaign on a shoestring budget challenging her.

Burke submitted 3,778 signatures on Friday. Walker has yet to turn his in.

Dennis Fehr, running as a member of the Peoples Party, turned in 2,014 signatures last month.

If two or more candidates are running for the same office, they will face each other in an Aug. 12 primary.

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