Wisconsin Republican leader Robin Vos says recall petition effort against him failed

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on Friday challenged signatures on petitions filed seeking an election to recall him from office, saying there were not enough valid ones.

The bipartisan Wisconsin Elections Commission has until June 28 to determine whether there are enough valid signatures to trigger a recall election. The panel rejected the first attempt for not having enough.

Vos is being targeted by supporters of former President Donald Trump, including former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, who submitted more than 9,000 signatures May 28.

They targeted Vos, the longest-serving Assembly speaker in Wisconsin history, after he refused to impeach the official who oversees the battleground state’s elections, angering Trump and his followers.

Vos said Friday he found thousands of invalid signatures, including 2,000 collected from outside his current legislative district, more than 400 who signed more than once and nearly 350 that were collected beyond the allowable window.

Vos also alleged that signatures were gathered at addresses that didn’t exist, were vacant, or were not residences.

Earlier on Friday, those who circulated the petitions insisted that they had enough valid ones to trigger the recall. They need 6,850 valid signatures to force a recall election in the district where Vos

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