GOP lawmaker upset with signature interpretation

Posted Wednesday, June 4, 2014 --- 9:23 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The chairwoman of the state Assembly's elections committee says the Government Accountability Board is applying a new law requiring printed signatures on candidate nomination papers too strictly.

The law was adopted in late March as part of several Republican-authored election reforms. The Wisconsin State Journal reports ( ) a number of candidates are complaining the GAB is disallowing an unusual number of signatures. The paper reviewed 90 names the GAB struck from one candidate's papers and found several legible examples.

Rep. Kathleen Bernier, a Chippewa Falls Republican who chairs the elections committee, says the GAB is going too far.

GAB spokesman Reid Magney says the new law requires each signer to legibly print his or her name. He says the board believes that means names must be both printed and legible.

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