Voter Purge Wisconsin

Gregory Lewis, the leader of Souls to the Polls led a protest outside the Ozaukee County Courthouse in Port Washington, Wis., Monday, January 13, 2020, where Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Paul Malloy held state election officials in contempt of court for not following his order to remove thousands of people from the voters rolls. Before the courtroom session Gregory Lewis, the leader of Souls to the Polls led a protest outside the courthouse and spoke to media gathered. Protestors had tape over their mouths symbolizing their voices being silenced. (Michael Sears/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin appeals court on Tuesday put on hold an order to immediately remove up to 209,000 names from the state’s voter registration rolls, handing Democrats who had fought the move a victory in the battleground state.

The appeals court sided with the bipartisan state elections commission in putting the brakes on removing any voters while the court fight continues. It also put on hold a ruling from Monday in which a judge found the commission and its three Democratic members in contempt for not proceeding with removing the voters.

The orders effectively hit the pause button on the fast-moving case and means there will be no immediate change to the state’s voter registration rolls. There are a number of elections coming soon, including a February primary for a state Supreme Court seat, a primary in the special election to fill the 7th Congressional District seat and races for a host of local offices. Wisconsin’s presidential primary is on April 7.

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