As part of a move by a conservative group to eliminate perhaps as many as 234,000 already registered voters from Wisconsin’s voter rolls, WILL, the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, is suing the state’s Elections Commission for what it says is its refusal to purge voters from the rolls.
A court hearing on the suit was expected to begin today (Friday, Dec. 13). Countering the WILL suit are a number of voting rights organizations, including the League of Women Voters.
WILL contends that the voters no longer live at the addresses on the voter rolls and thus should be purged.
According to an analysis by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the voter purge would cause tens of thousands of voters to be removed from the rolls, and would disproportionately affect Democratic voters in large cities and on college campuses.
“The state sent letters to more than 35,500 of Milwaukee’s nearly 290,000 registered voters, or 12%. Similarly, it sent letters to more than 18,000 of Madison’s nearly 173,000 registered voters, or 11%,” the Journal-Sentinel reports.
For more on this situation, read this article from the Wisconsin Examiner