State appeals court puts voter purge on hold

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    On Tuesday, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals issued two orders putting on hold Ozaukee County Judge Paul Malloy’s order that the State Elections Commission purge more than 200,000 voters from the rolls. The court of appeals also stayed Malloy’s contempt order that would have required individual commissioners to pay $250 per day for as long as the voters were not removed.

    The appeals court had previously decided to wait until the State Supreme Court decided if it was going to take the case before acting. On Monday, the Supreme Court denied a petition to bypass the lower courts brought by the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty. A three-judge panel on the appeals court, comprised of Judges JoAnne Kloppenburg, Michael Fitzpatrick and Jennifer Nashold, cited that decision in moving to grant the Wisconsin Elections Commission’s request for a stay.

    A second order, written by Judge Fitzpatrick, noted that the stayed order to purge the rolls “underlies the contempt order,” and, in light of that, ordered that the contempt order also be temporarily stayed.

    Ruth Conniff
    Ruth Conniff is Editor-in-chief of the Wisconsin Examiner. She formerly served as Editor-in-chief of The Progressive Magazine where she worked for many years from both Madison and Washington, DC. Shortly after Donald Trump took office she moved with her family to Oaxaca, Mexico, and covered U.S./Mexico relations, the migrant caravan, and Mexico’s efforts to grapple with Trump. Conniff is a frequent guest on MSNBC and has appeared on Good Morning America, Democracy Now!, Wisconsin Public Radio, CNN, Fox News and many other radio and television outlets. She has also written for The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times, among other publications. She graduated from Yale University in 1990, where she ran track and edited the campus magazine The New Journal. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband and three daughters.