Non-Scientific Fun

Just for kicks I selected a random sample of 50 petitions in the Walker recall. This is not scientific as it relates to the entire recall but is accurate as to the 50 samples chosen. My pick was Gov 351-400. The 50 petitions with the number of signatures break down as follows:

1 signature(s) — 8
2 — 5
3 — 7
4 — 5
5 — 9
6 — 2
7 — 0
8 — 1
9 — 0
10 — 13

There were 28 ten-signature forms, 21 five-signature forms, and 1 one signature form in the 50 petition sample. There were 254 total signatures for an average of 5.08 signings per sheet. Using this totally unscientific data means there would be more than enough signatures for a recall but far short of the one million. (this is based on zero signature rejections)

I did note one interesting petition shown here:

If you look closely you will note signatures 8, 9, and 10 are dated “after” the date of the Circulator. Not only that, they are not chronological. Did signer #9 skip a line to sign? By regulation, these signatures should not be counted. I am not aware if the published petitions have been reviewed or not by the GAB.


  1. This is why I believe 15-30% of the signtures usually get thrown out. This is similar to some of the percentages of those that were not counted for the senate recalls last August. With a statewide race I would assume there is more fraud especially in the urban areas like Milwaukee and Lacrosse. Look at the number of signatures that were thrown out for Alberta Darling. I’m just saying it could be anywhere.