More GOP voter suppression: Conservative group sues to purge 234,000 names from Wisconsin rolls

  • 11/19/2019 11:53 am ET Sunny Hundal

GOP voter suppression update: Republicans working to purge hundreds of thousands of voters months per state before elections

In 2016, President Trump won Wisconsin by fewer than 23,000 votes.

Conservatives groups are now trying to ensure that happens again–by keeping Democrats off the voter rolls.

Last week, a conservative law firm based in the state, the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL), filed a lawsuit alleging the Wisconsin Elections Commission broke the law when it decided to wait up to two years to deactivate voters who may have moved, according to the Associated Press.

WILL’s lawsuit alleges that state law requires voters to respond within 30 days of receiving the October mailing or be deactivated. The Wisconsin Elections Commission, which is made up of an equal number of Republicans and Democrats, has not yet responded.

Why it matters

The restriction is more likely to affect younger and lower-income voters–who are also more likely to vote Democrat.

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers told reporters he hoped the lawsuit would fail.

“We should spend our time in making it easier for people to vote rather than make it more difficult. I’m hopeful that that lawsuit is thrown out.”

Not the first time either

Last month. Front Page Live reported that Kentucky Democrats won a court battle to restore nearly 200,000 voters to regular voting rolls after they were taken off by the GOP.

In Ohio, the state released names of 235,000 voters it planned to purge from voter rolls in September. Around 20,000 were confirmed as active voters in previous Ohio elections, from Franklin County, a Democratic stronghold.

Earlier this year, Texas attempted to purge thousands of voters claiming they weren’t U.S. citizens. The information was erroneous.

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