Tough year for GAB: Board subject of several lawsuits
It has been an unprecedented year for litigation for the elections watchdog, said political observers like Joe Heim, professor emeritus of political science at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
“I would bet the six members of that board never anticipated this. Of course, who could have,” Heim said.
Reid Magney, spokesman for the GAB, said the board does not have any comment on the lawsuits, individually or collectively.
He said GAB staff was preparing for a hearing on Dec. 29 on the litigation filed by the governor’s campaign concerning recall petition review and could not complete Wisconsin Reporter’s request for the exact numbers of lawsuits or the costs to taxpayers in defending them. The defense of the board throughout has been consistent from the recall petition review process to voter ID: GAB is simply administering the law.
Now, the GAB, the bipartisan creation of lawmakers who were fed up with what they saw as the partisanship and gridlock of the GAB’s predecessor, may have to fight for its existence.
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