MADISON (WSAU) Thousands of people have been jamming a searchable data-base to see who signed recall petitions. Two Tea Party groups put the data-base on-line late Wednesday afternoon. Larry Gamble of the Wisconsin Grand-Sons of Liberty said it had 50,000 hits in the first 20 minutes, and the traffic has hardly let up since then.
With up to 10,000 searches per minute, it can take hours to search the Web site for even one name. And the Grandsons group and We-the-People of the Republic are raising funds to create more server space to try and shorten the search times. Gamble calls the database an “overwhelming success,” and people just need to be patient with it.
The state Government Accountability Board put an estimated one-point-nine million recall signatures on its Web site – but it does not let you search for a particular name. The Tea Party groups said 14,000 volunteers help create the searchable database. You can find it at I Verify the Recall-Dot-Com.