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Effort to recall Gov. Tony Evers comes up short after not meeting number of signatures required, organizers say

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Posted at 8:40 AM, Oct 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-26 10:24:54-04

The organization attempting to recall Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced on Monday that it would be suspending its efforts after not meeting the number of signatures needed to trigger a recall election.

"As we come to the conclusion of this effort, and we realize our numbers are short, we want our volunteers to hold their heads high and be proud of what was accomplished," said the Recall Evers Committee in a release.

The organization had to submit 668,327 valid petitions by Oct. 27 in order to trigger a recall election. The organization did not release the number of signatures it had received.

The Racine Journal Times said the petition's organizer, Misty Polewczynski, filed the paperwork with the Wisconsin Elections Commission in August, stating that Evers and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes were "unfit for office."

Polewczynski recently faced allegations that she was misleading media outlets about the number of signatures the organization had received for the effort after social media posts showed conflicting information. Polewczynski had told the Journal Times that she had surpassed over 600,000 signatures and then told the State Journal that she had surpassed the threshold.

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