Organizers of an effort to kick Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker out of office said today that they have collected nearly enough signatures to force a recall election next year.
The effort organized by the state Democratic Party, organized labor and disgruntled citizens grew out of anger over Walker's polarizing measure passed in March effectively ending collective bargaining rights for public workers.
The United Wisconsin coalition said 507,533 signatures had been collected in 28 days. The deadline to submit the 540,208 signatures needed to force the recall is Jan. 17.
United Wisconsin said its goal is to collect more than 720,000 signatures by the deadline.