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Democrat Hulsey allowed on ballot against Burke

  • Associated Press
  • June 10, 2014 - 12:05 PM

MADISON, Wis. — Longshot candidate for governor Brett Hulsey has been allowed on the Aug. 12 primary ballot against fellow Democrat Mary Burke.

The Government Accountability Board voted unanimously Tuesday to grant ballot access to Hulsey, despite challenges to his nomination signatures brought by Michael Basford, chairman of the Democratic Party of Dane County.

But the board determined that Hulsey submitted 2,074 signatures, which is 74 more than what is needed to get on the ballot.

Basford argued that 319 signatures should be disallowed because the person's address appeared to be written by someone else. But board staff says that is allowable.

Hulsey attended the meeting but Basford did not.

Hulsey decided to run for governor rather than seek re-election to the state Assembly, where he has served two terms.

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