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The Republican chairwoman of the Assembly Campaigns and Elections Committee chastised the state elections agency Tuesday for its strict application of a new law requiring printed names on candidate nomination forms.

Several candidates reported either an unusual number of signatures disallowed by Government Accountability Board staff or specific examples of legible names being stricken. The State Journal reviewed 90 stricken names from one candidate’s nomination papers and found several legible examples.

“I am disappointed as a colleague of the GAB that they would go this far,” Rep. Kathleen Bernier, R-Chippewa Falls, told the State Journal.

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