Wisconsin appeals court puts voter rolls purge on hold

Associated Press
Updated: January 14, 2020 11:16 AM
Created: January 14, 2020 11:15 AM

A Wisconsin appeals court on Tuesday put on hold an order to immediately remove up to 209,000 names from the state's voter registration rolls, handing Democrats who had fought the move a victory in the battleground state.

The appeals court sided with the bipartisan state elections commission in putting the brakes on removing any voters while the court fight continues. It also put on hold a ruling from Monday in which a judge found the commission and its three Democratic members in contempt for not proceeding with removing the voters.


The orders came as the commission was meeting in a closed session with attorneys from the state Department of Justice to discuss the case.

Lawsuit could deactivate 234,000 voters in Wisconsin

A judge last month sided with conservatives and ordered the removal of the voters. Hours later, a divided Wisconsin Supreme Court declined to take the case. That shifted the fight back to the appeals court, which sided with the elections commission on Tuesday and put the judge's original ruling on hold.

The issue is unlikely to be resolved in court before the presidential election. The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin also filed a federal lawsuit to stop the purge.

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