Wisc Judge Orders Voter Reg Rolls Purge
Democrat heads are exploding. This is a cut and paste to avoid an overly long post filled with politically-slanted descriptors. Just the facts, ma'am. Full text at the link.
PORT WASHINGTON - An Ozaukee County judge on Friday ordered the state to remove hundreds of thousands of people from Wisconsin's voter rolls because they may have moved. At issue is a letter the state Elections Commission sent in October to about 234,000 voters who it believes may have moved. The letter asked the voters to update their voter registrations if they had moved or alert election officials if they were still at their same address...
In granting a writ of mandamus — essentially a court order that a government official or agency do its job — he said he was convinced the commission had a clear, positive, plain legal duty to purge the voter rolls within 30 days. "I don't want to see someone deactivated, but I don't write the law," said Malloy, who was appointed to the bench in 2002...and has been re-elected by voters.
He said the commission didn't like the policy so it set a new one without following a formal rule-making procedure that would have included notice to the public and a chance for input. "There's no basis for saying 12 to 24 months is a good time frame. It's not that difficult to do it sooner," he said near the end of a two-hour hearing. "If you don't like (it), you have to go back to the Legislature."
...Elections officials sent the letters based on information compiled by the Electronic Registration Information Center, or ERIC, a coalition of 28 states and Washington, D.C. that tries to keep voter rolls as accurate as possible. ERIC flags voters who file address changes with the post office or register vehicles at new addresses...Voters who are removed from the voter rolls, whether correctly or mistakenly, can regain the ability to cast ballots by re-registering online, at their clerk's office or at the polls on election day.
Of the 234,000 letters that were sent, about 60,000 were returned as undeliverable as of Dec. 5, according to the Elections Commission. As of then, about 2,300 recipients of the letters said they continued to live at their address and about 16,500 had registered to vote at new addresses.
In other words, so far the responses (and lack thereof) indicate that the ERIC information has merit. Most of these voters are not validly registered to vote, and need to do so. There is plenty of time.