Wis. Judge’s Order to Purge 234K Voters Is Big Win Against Voter Fraud
Written by Luis Miguel
A Wisconsin judge on Friday ordered the removal of up to 234,000 names from voter rolls because the individuals show signs of having moved.
The move was in connection to a court case in which the judge, Paul Malloy of Ozaukee County, sided with a conservative law firm that argued that the state elections commission should have immediately purged the registrations of voters who did not respond to October mailing within 30 days, an indication that those individuals no longer live at the addresses on file.
Elections commissions attorneys asked that the decision be put on hold — a request Malloy denied. The judge ordered the State Elections Commission to follow the law that requires the deactivation of voters who do not respond to the mailing.
“I can’t tell them how to do that. They’re going to have to figure that out,” Malloy said of the commission’s effort to deactivate voters.
Reid Magney, a Commission spokesman, told the Associated Press that staff will analyze the judge’s decision and consult on next steps with commission members.
Because Malloy’s decision comes at the early stages of the case, it is likely to be appealed, meaning it may ultimately make it to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which has a 5-2 conservative majority.
The case is significant leading up to the 2020 election. Wisconsin has become a battleground state that could go either way in a general election. President Trump won the state by fewer than 23,000 votes in 2016.
Liberals express concern that the voters purged due to Malloy’s decision are more likely to be Democrats. But Republicans argue that updating voter rolls is important to reduce the risk of voter fraud.
The state elections commission, made up of an equal number of Republicans and Democrats, is fighting the lawsuit on the grounds that state law give them power to decide how to manage the voter registration list. The commission wants to wait until after the April 2021 election before removing any names, fearing that not everyone who failed to respond the mailing has actually moved.
The commission also argued that leaving registered voters on the polls, even if they have moved, does not necessarily mean they will commit voter fraud by voting at more than one address.
The case arose after the commission waited longer than 30 days to deactivate voters, citing the purging of 343,000 potential movers in 2017—an action that caused some backlash and complaints. Wisconsin has same-day registration, but requires a proof of address and ID.
But the judge said Wisconsin law clearly required the elections commission to deactivate voters who failed to respond within the 30-day time limit. Thus, per Malloy, the commission had no basis to set its own time frame.
“I don’t want to see anybody deactivated, but I don’t write the legislation,” Malloy explained. “If you don’t like it, then I guess you have to go back to the Legislature. They didn’t do that.”
Karla Keckhaver, an assistant attorney general defending the commission’s position, argued that there would be “irreparable harm” if the ruling was not put on hold pending appeal.
“This would create chaos to do this now,” she said in reference to the upcoming February elections.
Rick Esenberg, a lawyer for the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, the organization that brought the case, disagreed with Keckhaver’s assessment, noting that any voters affected by the purge could simply re-register online or at the polls.
According to an analysis by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, some of the areas with the highest percentages of voters to be removed would be the state’s two largest cities and areas with college campuse — bastions of Democratic Party support. Voters in Milwaukee and Madison received 23 percent of the mailings. In total, over half of the letters went to individuals in municipalities won by Hillary Clinton in 2016.
As of December 5, a mere 16,500 of those who received the mailings had registered to vote at their new address. More than 170,000 had not responded, while the post office was unable to deliver the notifications of almost 60,000 voters.
While the legislation is pending, the commission has asked the Republican-controlled legislature to pass legislation empowering it to deal with voters who have moved.
Wisconsin has 3.3 million people registered to vote out of a total voting age population of 4.5 million. In addition to the presidential race, Wisconsin’s state Supreme Court primary election in February could be impacted by this case.
Luis Miguel is a writer whose journalistic endeavors shed light on the Deep State, the immigration crisis, and the enemies of freedom. Follow his exploits on Facebook, Twitter, Bitchute, and at luisantoniomiguel.com.
Courtesy of The New American