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Tue Jan 14, 2020, 02:34 PM

Court Blocks Efforts to Purge 200,000 Voters From Wisconsin's Election Rolls.

'As President Trump was scheduled to visit the narrowly divided state, a debate over who can vote there was intensifying.

A state appellate court on Tuesday blocked a judge’s ruling that more than 200,000 Wisconsin voters be purged from the rolls, intensifying a political battle over who should be allowed to vote in a state seen as pivotal in the 2020 presidential election.

The decision, which came a day after three Democratic election commissioners were held in contempt for failing to remove thousands of names from the state voting rolls, was a victory for liberal groups.

A judge ruled last month that voters who did not respond to letters from election officials and were believed to have moved should be dropped from the rolls, and the debate has drawn close attention in a narrowly split state where strategists in both parties view every last vote as essential. President Trump, who planned to campaign Tuesday in Milwaukee, carried the state by fewer than 23,000 votes in 2016.

It was uncertain how many of the 200,000 voters might have been disenfranchised in the coming election. Many of those voters were believed to have moved, and voters can register on Election Day in Wisconsin.'>>>


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