The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled on Friday that voters can stay on the voter rolls even after they move.
Of course, the ruling is insane and adds more confusion to the election process.
The Wisconsin Institute for Law and liberty says it is now up to the legislature to ensure fair and free elections and fix the law.
The Sentinel-Journal reported:
The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Friday that state election officials do not have to quickly take people off the voter rolls when they suspect they may have moved.
The 5-2 ruling means the Wisconsin Elections Commission will not force tens of thousands of people off the rolls near a major election, such as the 2022 contest for governor and U.S. Senate.
From the outset, the case has been fraught with politics. Conservatives who brought the lawsuit said they wanted to make sure the state’s voter lists are accurate, while Democrats and election officials warned a change in state policy could result in some voters being bumped off the rolls when they shouldn’t be.
The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty issued a statement following today’s ruling.
The News: The Wisconsin Supreme Court issued a 5-2 decision, Friday, that the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) does not have a duty to remove voters from the rolls who have been flagged as having moved from their voting address. The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) sued WEC in November 2019 on behalf of three Wisconsin voters.
Quote: WILL President and General Counsel, Rick Esenberg, said, “This is a disappointing setback for those who expect Wisconsin state agencies to follow the law. The Court held today that the legislature created a duty and failed to provide an effective way for that duty to be carried out or enforced by voters. We respectfully disagree. It is now up to the legislature to fix the law. WILL remains committed to the rule of law and to a reasonable set of election rules that acknowledges that the right to vote involves both convenience and assurances of accuracy and integrity.”
Background: WILL sued the Wisconsin Elections Commission, on behalf of three Wisconsin voters, because the state agency made a decision in 2019 to leave old and outdated voter registrations on the voter rolls for 12 to 24 months. At a hearing on December 13, 2019 Ozaukee County Circuit Court Judge, Paul Malloy, ordered the Wisconsin Elections Commission to immediately comply with state law – cleaning up the voter rolls and removing registrations from outdated addresses.
After a petition to bypass to the Supreme Court resulted in a 3-3 tie (Justice Kelly recused), the Court of Appeals issued a stay on Judge Malloy’s decision on January 14, 2020 and overturned and remanded the decision on February 28.