Wisconsin’s Voter-Roll Purge

Wisconsin has been at the front line of attempts to remove hundreds of thousands of names from registered voter rolls. American Oversight is fighting for transparency regarding the effort by state officials to purge more than 200,000 names from the rolls before the 2020 election.

In October 2019, the Wisconsin Election Commission sent a letter to about 230,000 voters who might have moved, asking them to update their addresses before the spring of 2021. But a lawsuit from the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL), a conservative litigation group, has threatened to kick those voters off the rolls much sooner.

In December, a county judge ordered the state to remove more than 200,000 of those voters from the rolls. Wisconsin election officials appealed the ruling, and in February a state appeals court struck down the county judge’s ruling, and blocked the purge. But the president of WILL has said that the organization intends to take its case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In a state where elections are decided by narrow margins, any successful effort to corrupt the vote or greatly alter registration numbers could change the outcome. As the legal battle makes it way through the courts, American Oversight is investigating whether any unlawful coordination or partisan intent was behind Wisconsin’s voter purge.

 

OUR REQUESTS

  • State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos’s and State Senate Leader Scott Fitzgerald’s communications with the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty about the voter purge, or with Elections Commissioner Robert Spindell and Wisconsin Elections Commission Chair Dean Knudson;
  • Wisconsin Elections Commission communications with WILL;
  • Communications that current and former Wisconsin Elections Commissioners Jodi Jensen, Beverly Gill, Marge Bostelmann had with high-ranking members of the state legislature or the Wisconsin Republican Party;
  • Spindell’s and Knudson’s communications with the state Republican party;
  • Records of Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau emails or meetings with members of the Wisconsin Election Commission;
  • State Senate Leader Fitzgerald’s and Speaker Vos’s communications with Knudson or Spindell; and
  • Knudson’s and Spindell’s communications with conservative state legislators.

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