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Wisconsin Appeals Court Overturns Ruling to Purge More Than 200,000 Voters From Rolls

The Wisconsin Appeals Court has overturned a ruling that sought to purge more than 200,000 people from state voter rolls, according to court documents.

“In interpreting the Wisconsin Statutes, courts may not rewrite the plain language of the statutes the legislature has enacted,” the appeals court said. “Acceptance of the arguments of Plaintiffs would cause us to rewrite statutes enacted by the legislature, and that we cannot do.” It added that the ruling has been “reversed, and this matter is remanded to the circuit court for dismissal of plaintiffs complaint.”

The conservative group that filed the lawsuit, Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, wrote that it will plan to appeal the ruling to the states Supreme Court.

“Wisconsin deserves clean elections in 2020. It is our intent to seek review in the Wisconsin Supreme Court to ensure that the Wisconsin Elections Commission complies with state law,” said group spokesperson Rick Esenberg in a statement.

The suit argued that the state election commission broke the law when it didnt remove people from the voter rolls who didnt respond within 30 days in October to indicate that theyve moved. The agency said it was going to wait until after the November 2020 election before any voter was removed.

The appeals court also vacated an order from the same judge that found the Wisconsin Elections Commission in contempt for not moving ahead with the voter roll purge. The case was sent back to the lower court and ordered it to be dismissed, reported The Associated Press.

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Voters cast ballots at a polling place in Kirkwood, Missouri, on Nov. 6, 2018. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

“We appreciate the Court of Appeals decision and will move forward with the process approved by the members of the Wisconsin Elections Commission in June 2019 for handling mailings sent to potential movers,” the Wisconsin Elections Commission Read More – Source