Appeal to county board nomination signatures could be decided this week 

A county board candidate who appealed rejections of some of her nomination paper signatures, leaving her shy of the 50 needed to get on the ballot, could hear the results of her appeal this week. 

County Clerk Kim Trueblood told City Pages that she expects to hear from the Wisconsin Elections Commission this week regarding an appeal filed by Jo Ann Egelkrout challenging the rejection of some of her nomination paper signatures. 

Egelkrout’s would-be opponent in the race, Kody Hart, challenged several of the signatures on Egelkrout’s nomination papers, and Trueblood also challenged signatures. Trueblood upheld one of her challenges and two of Hart’s, leaving Egelkrout shy of the 50 needed to appear on the ballot in District 3, a county board district covering the city of Wausau. 

Egelkrout challenged the signature rejection on Feb. 14. City Pages asked Trueblood whether or not WEC had issued a ruling on the case, and Trueblood said the state is expected to issue that decision sometime this week. 

If Egelkrout’s appeal is upheld, it would mean 14 contested county board races, which is nearly half of all board seats.