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GAB to certify candidates for August primary ballot


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin elections' panel will certify candidates Tuesday for the August 12th state and federal primaries.

17 candidates have had their nomination papers challenged to one degree or another -- and the Government Accountability Board will decide whether those challenges are valid. Those challenges could be enough to keep at least some candidates off the ballot -- including Assembly Democrat Brett Hulsey, who's running against front-runner Mary Burke for their party's nomination for governor.

Four state legislative incumbents have had their papers challenged -- Milwaukee Assembly Democrats JoCasta Zamarripa and Mandela Barnes, Assembly Republican Kathy Bernier of the Chippewa Falls area, and Senate Republican Frank Lasee of the Green Bay area.

It took board staffers longer than normal to review the nomination papers, mainly because of a new law that requires petition signers to print their names legibly, in addition to writing them.

Critics have said the Board was too strict in following that law. Bernier, who heads the Assembly elections panel, planning to ask the board today to ease up.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)