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, and opened the Progressive’s office in Washington, DC, during the Clinton Administration, where she made her debut as a political pundit on CNN’s Capital Gang Sunday and Fox News. She moved to Oaxaca, Mexico, for a year in 2017, where she covered U.S./Mexico relations, the migrant caravan, and Mexico’s efforts to grapple with Donald Trump. Conniff is a frequent guest on All in with Chris Hayes on MSNBC and has appeared on Good Morning America, Democracy Now!, Wisconsin Public Radio, and other radio and television programs. In 2011, she did award-winning coverage of the uprising against Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin. She has also written for The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times, among other publications. Conniff graduated from Yale University in 1990, where she ran track and edited the campus magazine The New Journal.