Wisconsin Supreme Court says don’t kick voters out of roll


Madison, Wisconsin (AP) —The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the Democratic Party on Friday, and the State Election Commission ruled that voters flagged as potentially moving should not be removed from the roll. ..

The court’s 5-2 ruling means that approximately 69,000 people on the list of movers will not invalidate their voter registration. When the proceedings were first filed in 2019, about 234,000 people were on the list. None of the remaining people voted for the 2020 presidential election, according to the Wisconsin Election Commission. No voter invalidated the registration while the court battle was pending.

A conservative advocacy group, the Wisconsin State Law and Freedom Institute, did not remove voters indicating that the State Election Commission identified voters who did not respond to the 2019 mail within 30 days. Claimed to have violated the law. Someone who may have moved.

However, the court said the task of removing voters from the roll was left to the local elections, not the state commissions. Ordered to dismiss the proceedings.

Two of the court’s conservative judges, Supreme Judge Patience Roggensack and Judge Brian Hagedorn, have joined the majority of liberal judges Ann Walsh Bradley, Rebecca Dallet and Jill Karofsky. Hagedorn, who supported the liberals in other high-profile cases, wrote a number of opinions.

Judges Rebecca Bradley and Annette Ziegler objected.

This issue received a lot of attention before the presidential election.

Liberals argued that the proceedings were intended to reduce turnout on their part, as the moved voters were concentrated in the more democratic areas of the state. Republicans argued that it was to reduce the chances of fraudulent voting and prevent moving people from voting from their previous addresses.

President Joe Biden supported Wisconsin with less than 21,000 votes. This is the result of enduring the recount of the two counties brought about by former President Donald Trump and numerous proceedings.

A judge in the Ozaukee County Circuit Court ruled in 2019 that voters identified as having a possible move must be immediately removed from the role. The state Court of Appeals overturned it in February 2020. The Supreme Court heard discussions about the case in September and ruled on Friday, just three days after the state’s spring elections.

The court upheld the Court of Appeals’ decision and ordered the proceedings to be dismissed.

The law, which requires regular updates to the voter registration database, imposes that obligation on 1,850 local electoral officials in the state, and there is “no credible argument” that the state elections committee should do so. Said the division court.

Rick Esenberg, a conservative lawyer who filed the proceedings, argued that state law clearly holds the election committee responsible for maintaining the voter list.

According to the Election Commission, the list of voters affected by the ruling has dropped from about 234,000 to 69,000 for a variety of reasons. According to a February note, when that number was 71,000, 58% of the first people on the list registered for the new address. Nearly 4% of local clerk was inactivated for a variety of reasons, including death and moving. As a result, nearly 31% of those initially identified as potential movers were still on the list.

The Commission is currently considering mailing to voters who may have traveled four times a year instead of every two years to quickly flag people who may be registered at their old address. I will.

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The story and summary have been modified to show that the Wisconsin Election Commission has stated that there are no voters yet on the list of invokers who may have voted in the 2020 presidential election instead of the 2016 presidential election. it was done.

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