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Politics Wisconsin court temporarily halts removal of more than 200,000 names from voter rolls

02:30  15 january  2020
02:30  15 january  2020 Source:   reuters.com

Court blocks planned purge of more than 200,000 people from a swing state’s voter rolls

  Court blocks planned purge of more than 200,000 people from a swing state’s voter rolls The Wisconsin case has set off a bitter fight over voting rights in a state that will be fiercely contested in the 2020 presidential race.The Tuesday order came one day after the state’s elections commission and its three Democratic members were found in contempt of court for not complying with a judge’s previous order to cancel the registrations of roughly 6 percent of its voters.

— A state appellate court on Tuesday blocked a judge’s ruling that more than 200 , 000 Wisconsin voters be purged from the rolls , intensifying a political Many of those voters were believed to have moved, and voters can register on Election Day in Wisconsin . A conservative law group that brought

A conservative group says removing names is merely following existing rules. Liberals say the move is aimed at dropping Democrats before the A Wisconsin judge held three state election commissioners in contempt on Monday and ordered them to proceed immediately with purging more than 200 , 000

(Reuters) - A Wisconsin appeals court intervened on Tuesday to stop as many as 209,000 names from being scrubbed from the state's voter registration rolls, in a case voting rights advocates say could impact access to the polls in a key 2020 election state.

A © Daniel Acker/Bloomberg A "Register Here" sign hangs on a table as a resident fills out paperwork at a polling location during the presidential primary vote in Waukesha, Wisconsin, U.S., on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Wisconsin voters went to the polls Tuesday to decide whether Donald Trump's latest self-inflicted wounds are deep enough to deny him a win in the state's Republican primary, and, in turn, to diminish his hopes of winning the presidential nomination. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

A panel of three Ozaukee County Circuit Court judges on Monday put on hold a decision that fined three members of the Wisconsin Election Commission $250 a day each until they voted to purge the names.

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A Wisconsin judge has ruled that state election officials need to purge 200 , 000 people from state voter rolls Malloy’s order is the latest salvo in a closely watched fight over the removals in a state Donald Trump Civil groups said the purge was an obvious attempt to make it more difficult for students and

Washington — A Wisconsin judge has found the state's election commission and some of its members in contempt for failing to comply with an order to immediately purge more than 200 , 000 voters from the state's rolls . Ozaukee County Circuit Court Judge Paul Malloy said the Wisconsin Elections

The appeals court stepped in a day later, after the Wisconsin Supreme Court declined to take up the case. The appeals court ordered the lower court's order against the commissioners, and a Dec. 13 order to purge the names from voter rolls, "stayed until further order of this court," the court clerk wrote.

Liberals have raised the alarm over the potential removal of so many names from the voter roll in a state set to be a battleground when Republican President Donald Trump seeks re-election in November.

Researchers have alleged a voter ID law in Wisconsin discouraged some voters in the 2016 election, when Trump unexpectedly carried the state by fewer than 23,000 votes.

The voter purge case dates to a complaint last year from the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL), a conservative litigation center, that argued the bipartisan Wisconsin Election Commission had broken the law by deciding not to remove from the rolls names that had been flagged by a system that alerts the commission to voters who may have moved residence.

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A Wisconsin judge held three state election commissioners in contempt on Monday and ordered them to proceed immediately with purging more than 200 , 000 people fr. The debate over whether voters should be purged from the rolls has become a proxy for the state’s tense partisan divide, and the

The names of more than 200 , 000 registered voters in Wisconsin — a pivotal swing state — will be removed from the books ASAP. The bipartisan six-person election commission has so far disagreed on whether or not they should remove registered voters from the rolls .

“What is true yesterday is true today," said Rick Esenberg, WILL's president and general counsel, of the appeals court's decision. "The Wisconsin Elections Commission isn’t following state law and we look forward to making that case in the Court of Appeals.”

The Wisconsin Election Commission had said it wanted to avoid repeat of a previous purge when thousands of names had been flagged erroneously.

Wisconsin law would allow anyone wrongly removed from the rolls to re-register on an election day, but the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, which is attempting to enter the case, has argued that the removal was a burden on their right to vote.

(Reporting by Simon Lewis in Washington; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

37 years later, remains found in Wisconsin identified as White Bear Lake man .
After almost four decades, law enforcement officers and DNA genealogists have identified the human remains discovered by loggers in a wooded area near Ridgeland, Wis., in 1982. © Provided by Twin Cities Pioneer Press The Barron County sheriff's office released this 1979 photo of Kraig King of White Bear Lake who was a high school senior at the time. Remains found in 1982 near Ridgeland, Wis., were recently identified as belonging to King. The manner of death was ruled homicide.

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