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Just another way to help the Reptilians, Voter suppression by the courts.
PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. – An Wisconsin judge on Friday ordered the state to remove hundreds of thousands of people from Wisconsin's voter rolls because they may have moved.

The case is being closely watched because of the state's critical role in next year's presidential race. Ozaukee County Judge Paul Malloy also denied the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin's petition to intervene.

Lawyers for the League and for the Wisconsin Elections Commission indicated they will appeal and asked Malloy to stay his ruling pending those appeals, but he declined.

At issue is a letter the state Elections Commission sent in October to about 234,000 voters who it believes may have moved. The letter asked the voters to update their voter registrations if they had moved or alert election officials if they were still at their same address.

The commission planned to remove the letter's recipients from the voter rolls in 2021 if it hadn't heard from them. But Malloy's decision would kick them off the rolls much sooner, and well before the 2020 presidential election.

Before Friday's hearing, Democratic statet Attorney General Josh Kaul said in an interview that quickly removing voters from the rolls would cause "clear harm to Wisconsin voters." That's because some people who haven't moved would likely lose their ability to vote, at least for the time being.

"Any time people have to go through extra steps to vote, and certainly re-registering is a significant additional step, the result is that fewer people end up voting," he said. "Fewer people will be registered. A number of people will have to re-register."

Three voters sued the commission last month with the help of the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty. They argued election officials were required to remove voters from the rolls 30 days after sending the letters if they hadn't heard from them.

They asked Malloy to issue an injunction that would require election officials to purge their rolls. Kaul, commissioners and others say that would lead to some people getting knocked off the rolls who shouldn't be.

But Malloy went further than issuing an injunction. In granting a writ of mandamus – essentially a court order that a government official or agency do its job – he said he was convinced the commission had a clear, positive, plain legal duty to purge the voter rolls within 30 days.

"I don't want to see someone deactivated, but I don't write the law," said Malloy, who was appointed to the bench in 2002 by Republican Gov. Scott McCallum and has been re-elected by voters.

He said the commission didn't like the policy so it set a new one without following a formal rule-making procedure that would have included notice to the public and a chance for input.

"There's no basis for saying 12 to 24 months is a good time frame. It's not that difficult to do it sooner," he said near the end of a two-hour hearing. "If you don't like (it), you have to go back to the Legislature."

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers on Twitter railed against the ruling.

"I won the race for governor by less than 30,000 votes," he wrote. "This move pushed by Republicans to remove 200,000 Wisconsinites from the voter rolls is just another attempt at overriding the will of the people and stifling the democratic process."

Elections officials sent the letters based on information compiled by the Electronic Registration Information Center, or ERIC, a coalition of 28 states and Washington, D.C., that tries to keep voter rolls as accurate as possible.

ERIC flags voters who file address changes with the post office or register vehicles at new addresses.

The Elections Commission, which consists of three Democrats and three Republicans, doesn't want to immediately remove people from the voter rolls because in some cases their information is faulty and the voters haven't moved. For instance, people could be flagged as having moved if they registered a vehicle at a business address instead of their home address.

Voters who are removed from the voter rolls, whether correctly or mistakenly, can regain the ability to cast ballots by re-registering online, at their clerk's office or at the polls on election day.

Of the 234,000 letters that were sent, about 60,000 were returned as undeliverable as of Dec. 5, according to the Elections Commission. As of then, about 2,300 recipients of the letters said they continued to live at their address and about 16,500 had registered to vote at new addresses.

Wisconsin is perhaps the most heavily targeted state in the 2020 presidential election. Republican Donald Trump narrowly won the state in 2016 after it went to Democrats in presidential elections for decades.

The letters went to about 7% of Wisconsin's registered voters, but were concentrated more heavily in some parts of the state than others.

Milwaukee and Madison – the state's Democratic strongholds – account for 14% of Wisconsin's registered voters but received 23% of the letters.

Across the state, 55% of the letters went to municipalities where Democrat Hillary Clinton out-polled Trump in 2016.
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It's a ruling by a WI trial court judge, the conservative group that filed it probably went judge shopping. The League and other groups should file for a stay so no names are removed pending appeal.
The Elections Commission, which consists of three Democrats and three Republicans, doesn't want to immediately remove people from the voter rolls because in some cases their information is faulty and the voters haven't moved. For instance, people could be flagged as having moved if they registered a vehicle at a business address instead of their home address.
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Amateurs! Here are a few things to watch for future moves:

Precinct closures harm voter turnout in Georgia, AJC analysis finds
https://www.ajc.com/news/state--regiona ... C8qtZ6lYP/

Register Minority Voters in Georgia, Go to Jail
https://newrepublic.com/article/121715/ ... on-efforts

Concerns growing over rejection of 319,000 mail-in ballots in Georgia, other states
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/electi ... es-n926381

Nearly 47,000 Voter Registrations Still Flagged Under Georgia’s “Exact Match” Law
https://www.ajc.com/news/state--regiona ... dhFZPrn3I/

Georgia Plans to Purge 300,000 Names From Its Voter Rolls
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/30/us/p ... purge.html
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The only way Republicans can "win" is deny Democrats their 15th Amendment Right to Vote.

I'm becoming convinced that not one single Republican has any respect at all for the Constitution or their oath to support it. That they are at WAR with our liberal Democratic Republic, and see it standing in THEIR way to power over the majority.

Democrats need to get those voters re-registered ASAP. Or Wisconsin is lost again.
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Yes, and be on the lookout for polling precinct closures. They use the same tactics against polling places as Planned Parenthood. They create new "rules" and claim "not enough parking" or "halls too narrow" to close them. Somehow, these violations only occur on college campuses and minority communities.

Death of Democracy by a thousand cuts. Be vigilant.
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The problem with Democracy is that it can only exist in a dynamic equilibrium. Once any of the forces sustaining it begins to weaken the equilibrium is harder to maintain. And we all know what those forces are, that were taught to use in civics, social studies, and history classes, and enumerated in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and most of the other amendments. Simply the right to vote, to a free press, to speak your mind, to have a fair justice system, to being able to oppose those in power without fear--these are ALL being attacked from the White House, the Senate, and the Republican Party with its fellow travelers.

We've seen the collapse happen in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. Why can't it happen here? It can. Dictatorship, "strong men", Thugocracy, Kleptocracy, and Kakistocracy are, sadly, Humanity's "natural" state, and Liberal Democracy is "unnatural", requiring that dynamic equilibrium to sustain it. "if you can keep it!" Benjamin Franklin warned us.
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YankeeTarheel wrote:
Sun Dec 15, 2019 11:36 am
The problem with Democracy is that it can only exist in a dynamic equilibrium. Once any of the forces sustaining it begins to weaken the equilibrium is harder to maintain. And we all know what those forces are, that were taught to use in civics, social studies, and history classes, and enumerated in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and most of the other amendments. Simply the right to vote, to a free press, to speak your mind, to have a fair justice system, to being able to oppose those in power without fear--these are ALL being attacked from the White House, the Senate, and the Republican Party with its fellow travelers.

We've seen the collapse happen in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. Why can't it happen here? It can. Dictatorship, "strong men", Thugocracy, Kleptocracy, and Kakistocracy are, sadly, Humanity's "natural" state, and Liberal Democracy is "unnatural", requiring that dynamic equilibrium to sustain it. "if you can keep it!" Benjamin Franklin warned us.
It IS happening here.
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Julius Caesar, revered and declared a "god", was a major force in destroying the Republic when he crossed the Rubicon and got away with it. His sister's grandson, Octavian Augustus Caesar, finished the job.

And these assholes are lauded to this day as "great men". The Empire they built has been nothing but trouble and didn't fully die until 1989, when the last gasp of the Holy Roman Empire--the Communist version of it--collapsed. Vladimir Putin is seeking to re-create it. Remember: Tsar is also spelled "Czar", ie, Cee-zar. The Tsars were the Caesars of the Eastern HRE, as the Kaisers were of the Western HRE (Caesar is pronounced "Kaiser" in Latin).

Selfish, greedy, sadistic, smooth-talking monsters ALWAYS find a way to collapse Democracy. Ours is named Trump.
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Trump is a puppet. A useful idiot. The GOP has been doing this for decades under the guise of religion, patriotism, and freedom.
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K9s wrote:
Sun Dec 15, 2019 7:55 pm
Trump is a puppet. A useful idiot. The GOP has been doing this for decades under the guise of religion, patriotism, and freedom.
Yes!! They finally got a truly amoral, willing, needy POS to head their cabal of scumbags and are happier than a pig in shit - they are out of the closet. The guise of religion, patriotism, freedom and fiscal conservatism is/was a facade, but it sucked in the gullible.
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K9s wrote:
Sun Dec 15, 2019 7:55 pm
Trump is a puppet. A useful idiot. The GOP has been doing this for decades under the guise of religion, patriotism, and freedom.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ - Yup. :yes: :thumbup:

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Today: Federal judge allows Georgia voter registration purge of 300,000 voters

The Georgia secretary of state’s office intends to move forward with its cancellation process late Monday night.

By Tuesday morning, the number of registered voters in Georgia will have shrunk from about 7.4 million to 7.1 million.

https://www.ajc.com/news/state--regiona ... Bc3RpjyrJ/
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Republicans now know it's the only way they can "win"--cheat the voters out of their right to vote.
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