MADISON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News) Both major political parties are trying to get opponents removed from the fall ballot because of what they say are problems with their nomination papers.
The head of the state G-O-P filed a complaint against State Capitol protester Jeremy Ryan, who's running against House Republican Paul Ryan of Janesville. Party director Joe Fadness said Jeremy Ryan got people to sign his papers under false pretenses, by holding up a sign that read "Sign Here, Legalize Marijuana." Ryan said he was only trying to attract people, and they were then told about his real purpose. The G-O-P also said some people signed Jeremy Ryan's petitions twice, and others had illegible dates and addresses. The Government Accountability Board will decide that issue and others involving nomination papers on Tuesday, and determine whether candidates have enough valid signatures to make the ballot.
The G-O-P is also challenging Assembly Democrat Mandela Barnes' petitions, saying some signers didn't live in her Milwaukee district. Democrat Gary George of Milwaukee had his nominating petitions for Congress challenged. Labor leader Sheila Cochran said hundreds of George's signatures should be stricken for using felons as circulators, and having incomplete signatures with inaccurate dates.
Dane County's Democratic Party wanted Assembly Democrat Brett Hulsey's name taken off the ballot for governor, alleging that over 200 signatures had their municipal addresses forged. Hulsey denied it.