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Tue Jan 14, 2020, 11:57 PM

Wisconsin court temporarily halts removal of more than 200,000 names from voter rolls

(Reuters) - A Wisconsin appeals court intervened on Tuesday to stop as many as 209,000 names from being scrubbed from the state's voter registration rolls, in a case voting rights advocates say could impact access to the polls in a key 2020 election state.

A panel of three Ozaukee County Circuit Court judges on Monday put on hold a decision that fined three members of the Wisconsin Election Commission $250 a day each until they voted to purge the names.

The appeals court stepped in a day later, after the Wisconsin Supreme Court declined to take up the case. The appeals court ordered the lower court's order against the commissioners, and a Dec. 13 order to purge the names from voter rolls, "stayed until further order of this court," the court clerk wrote.

Liberals have raised the alarm over the potential removal of so many names from the voter roll in a state set to be a battleground when Republican President Donald Trump seeks re-election in November.


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