Channel 3000: Police: Man Who Ripped Up Recall Petition Could Face Felony Charge

Police Release Guidelines For Collecting Signatures Along Roadways

November 18, 2011- Madison police said a man suspected of ripping up a petition to recall Gov. Scott Walker could face a felony charge.

Citizens soliciting recall signatures contacted Madison police about 10:30 a.m. Thursday after a man ripped up one of their petitions, according to the Madison Police Department.

Police said the citizens were holding signs and having vehicles pull over into a parking lane in the 800 block of Midvale Boulevard about 10 a.m. on Thursday.

Ray Blum was among those seeking signatures on Midvale Boulevard on Thursday.

"I've taken it upon myself to organize what I call drive-throughs," Blum said. "We choose our sites so that we don't block any businesses. We've collected over a thousand signatures, just our small group."

A driver in a red pickup truck was one of those who stopped. When the driver was given a petition to sign, he instead ripped up the document, police said.

Police said the man drove away, but petitioners were able to get a license plate number. He has not yet been located, police said.

"The person took the white sheet of paper that was the signatures for recalling Gov. Walker (and) ripped it in half," Blum said. "And for anybody else that is intending on doing that, they have to realize that it is a Class I felony, and they are going to be punished for that."

Madison police said the destroyed petition contained three signatures. They said the crime falls under Chapter 12 of the Wisconsin Statutes: Prohibited Election Practices.


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