It’s a mess.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court will look again at a case involving the purging of names from the state’s voter polls.
Back in December it whiffed when the issue was originally considered, after one of the judges, David Kelly, recused myself from the case because he was on the April 7 ballot.
Cynics might suggest that Kelly, a favorite of conservatives, was being careful to sidestep the issue because if he voted to purge the voters his vote would then be used against him in the April election.
No matter as Kelly, who had been appointed to the state’s top court by then Republican Gov. Scott Walker, was upset by liberal Dane County Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky,
But wait, Kelly is still on the bench until Aug. 1, when Karofsky takes his robe away.
So, if the court decides to rule on the voter purge before then, and Kelly votes as expected, the 4-4 deadlock vote in December becomes a 5-4 vote in favor of allowing the voter purge. Kelly will then leave as a hero of the state’s conservatives.
Democrats and Republicans alike are closely watching the case because President Trump won Wisconsin by only 22,000 votes in 2016. And most observers suggest that in 2020, Wisconsin will be a key swing state. Democrats are opposing the voter purge because they feel it is part of a nationwide effort to suppress voting in 2020.