Board: 843K Recall Signatures Against Kleefisch

State election officials say recall organizers turned in nearly 843,000 signatures against Republican Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.

A state Government Accountability Board spokesman released a statement late Monday afternoon noting recall organizers turned in 842,860 names against Kleefisch in January. The announcement marked the first official public signature tally.

Recall organizers need 540,208 valid names to trigger an election. The GAB’s statement said board staff have stricken 29,125 names so far. The board’s review continues, but Kleefisch has chosen not to challenge any signatures’ authenticity. That means an election is a near certainty.

The earliest any election could be held is early May.