About a month into the active Recall Walker effort, local participants on both sides of the cause remain pumped up - some hoping to see Gov. Scott Walker get the boot, others offering support to Wisconsin's embattled chief executive.
Recall organizers first began circulating petitions Nov. 15 and lead-up events were held in Beloit, Janesville and elsewhere across Wisconsin. In the time since, Recall Walker volunteers - clipboards and pens in hand - have become a common sight outside local grocery stores, city council meetings and other places of public gathering.
Others have made phone calls, and some have gone door-to-door. Recall workers have set up temporary office at Beloit's United Steelworker's Hall on Shore Drive and have hosted sign-and-drive events along Riverside Park every weekend. Estimates of how many signatures have been gathered locally were not available, but statewide more than 300,000 were tallied in the first 12 days, according to statements made by the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.
No updated figures have been released since that time.
More than 540,000 valid signatures are needed to force a spring recall election, in which Walker would face a yet-to-be determined Democrat challenger. Organizers are now about halfway through the 60-day period in which signature gathering is allowed. A verification phase comes afterward, and only once the more than half-million signatures have been approved can a recall election occur.
Those involved in gathering signatures come from various walks of life. Some are concerned citizens, others are public officials.
Mark Spreitzer, a first-time member of the Beloit City Council, confirmed that he has actively been supporting the recall effort, but was unable to give comment, per media relation rules set by the Democratic Party.
Meanwhile, Roger Anclam, the Turtle township chairman, said he's been passionately protesting against Walker for some time now, and once the recall effort got moving, Anclam was along for the ride.
"Walker has been dishonest from the beginning," Anclam said. "I'll be at the hall, I'll be in the streets."
He cited Walker's policies on unions and education as key failures, while also claiming the governor has unfairly given favorable treatment to corporations.
Certainly, the Recall Walker volunteers are passionate and noticeable.
Less visible are those who think Walker's made tough, but important, choices that are in fact leading Wisconsin forward to times of better economic growth and prosperity.
Vicki Seichter, a building maintenance worker at Beloit College, said she's sent money to the Walker office "to fight the recall."
"He's doing the right thing even though he knows it will make him unpopular," Seichter said, noting that Walker understands governments do not have unlimited sources of money.
Seichter has been asked to signed recall petitions, but has declined every time.
Meanwhile, on the same campus, sophomore Renee Gagner has been on the opposite end, asking near and far for signatures to remove Walker from his position.
"I've been pretty passionate about politics since high school," she said. "There's no way I couldn't do anything about it."