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Student Groups Inform On Recall Process

United Wisconsin and the Democratic Party of Wisconsin have already passed the 300,000 signatures mark, more than half the total they need to initiate a recall election against Gov. Scott Walker. "Volunteers have collected more than 301,000 signatures in the two weeks since the recall drive has begun," Steven Potter, communications assistant for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, said. The 60 days to gather 540, 206 valid signatures necessary for a recall election on Walker began on Nov. 15, and the UW Oshkosh College Democrats have been collecting signatures in Reeve Memorial Union. They collected more than 1,000 in the first few days. "The table in Reeve was [the] main campaign strategy...

Student groups inform on recall process

By Kayde Kempen

burgk32@uwosh.edu

Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Updated: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 23:11

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United Wisconsin and the Democratic Party of Wisconsin have already passed the 300,000 signatures mark, more than half the total they need to initiate a recall election against Gov. Scott Walker.

"Volunteers have collected more than 301,000 signatures in the two weeks since the recall drive has begun," Steven Potter, communications assistant for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, said.

The 60 days to gather 540, 206 valid signatures necessary for a recall election on Walker began on Nov. 15, and the UW Oshkosh College Democrats have been collecting signatures in Reeve Memorial Union. They collected more than 1,000 in the first few days.

"The table in Reeve was [the] main campaign strategy we implemented for the beginning of the recall signature collection," Marissa Reynolds, president of the Oshkosh College Democrats, said. "We thought this central location on campus would be best for visibility and would be easily accessible for people wanting to sign."

The College Democrats decided to start collecting signatures at a table in Reeve, but they will be transitioning to the sidewalks in the next two weeks.

"In the last few weeks before the end of the semester there will be people transitioning to collecting signatures outside in public areas," Reynolds said.

President of the Oshkosh College Republicans Rocco Frievalt said the College Republicans are also using a table in Reeve to give students and staff information on Walker and the recall petition process.

"As a group we had a table last week and had much support from faculty and staff," Frievalt said. "I believe just standing outside saying ‘sign this petition' isn't very informational or fair to the college community—as College Republicans we deliver information vital for students to make the right decision."

During the state senators recall petition process, comments made by criminal justice professor Stephan Richards in the classroom were considered inappropriate by the University, and Frievalt said students should not feel obligated to sign the peitition.

"Last year there were issues with a professor dispersing petitions in the classroom and nobody should feel that type of pressure in a classroom setting," Frievalt said. "No professor is able to hinder your grade based on your political stance. If you feel that a professor is pressuring you, report it to the department dean or coordinator."

Frievalt also said both the College Republicans and Democrats will help students find information and form their own decision.

"Don't feel pressured to sign anything if you don't know the facts," Frievalt said.

Reynolds said the signature collection at Oshkosh hasn't run into any issues and they have collected hundreds of signatures.

"If people are interested in signing, they can visit the table in Reeve between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily," Reynolds said.

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