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Wisconsin judge holds election officials in contempt for defying purge of 209,000 voters

CBS News, January 14, 2020, by Melisssa Quinn

"A Wisconsin judge has found the state's election commission and some of its members in contempt for failing to comply with an order to immediately purge more than 200,000 voters from the state's rolls.

Ozaukee County Circuit Court Judge Paul Malloy said the Wisconsin Elections Commission must begin deactivating the 209,000 voter registrations belonging to people believed to have moved. If it does not, three of its six commissioners will be fined $250 per day until they comply with a December order to remove the voters from the rolls. The commission also faces a fine of $50 per day.

Three of the six members of the commission voted not to take action on the list of voters flagged for removal. ...

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul, a Democrat, said in a statement he is "disappointed" by the ruling.

'The outcome of this case will impact the voter registrations of well over 100,000 Wisconsinites,' he said. 'Appellate review of such a consequential decision is clearly appropriate, and the Wisconsin Elections Commission has diligently sought such review.' ..."

READ MORE: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/wisconsin-elections-commission-held-in-contempt-in-voter-purge-case/

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OP-ED: Wake Up! Voter Suppression Is Not Dead

ESSENCE, October 18, 2018, by Rev. Dr. William Barber II

"Our most fundamental constitutional right in the United States of America is the right to vote. Voting in our democracy is so sacred that people in this country have marched, faced fire hoses and police batons, and even given their lives to win and protect access to the ballot box. ...

For decades, grandfather clauses, poll taxes, and literacy tests were enacted to disenfranchise Black voters. Today, voter suppression continues to hide behind the letter of the law. My home state of North Carolina has become ground zero for the fight against voter suppression in this country. ...

Ultimately, in 2016, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously voted to overturn most of the restrictive provisions of the law, admonishing the legislature for “imposing cures to problems that did not exist.” Our efforts are documented in the upcoming film, Capturing the Flag. ...

While our victory came ahead of the 2016 elections, voters in North Carolina still faced barriers to the ballot box. Districts remained racially gerrymandered and North Carolinians found themselves purged from voter rolls. This problem isn’t unique to North Carolina – voter suppression persists in every corner of our country. ..."

READ MORE: https://www.essence.com/news/politics/voter-suppression-is-not-dead/

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