Wisconsin judge on Friday ordered that the registration of up to
234,000 voters be tossed out because they may have moved, a victory
for conservatives that could make it more difficult for people to
vote next year in the key swing state. The judge sided with three
voters represented by a conservative law firm who argued the state
elections commission should have immediately deactivated any of the
roughly 234,000 voters who didn’t respond to an October mailing
within 30 days. The voters were flagged as having potentially moved.
Ozaukee County Judge Paul Malloy denied a request by elections
commission attorneys to put his decision on hold. He ordered the
state Elections Commission to follow the law requiring voters who
didn’t respond to be deactivated. “I can’t tell them how to do
that, they’re going to have to figure that out,” Malloy said of
the commission deactivating the voters. Commission spokesman Reid
Magney said in an email to The Associated Press that staff will
analyze the judge’s decision and consult with commission members on
next steps. He didn’t elaborate. The judge’s ruling comes in the
early stages of the case and is expected to be immediately appealed.
It’s likely to ultimately go to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which
is controlled 5-2 by conservatives.
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