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Wisconsin appeals court puts voter rolls purge on hold

MADISON (WKOW) - The Wisconsin Appeals Court ordered a hold Tuesday on an Ozaukee County judge's ruling that the state's election commission should remove over 200,000 names from the state's voter rolls.

The Associated Press reported the hold and a similar order against fines for state election officials each day they did not remove the names.

The case, originally brought by the conservative Wisconsin Insitute for Law and Liberty, seeks to purge 209,000 registrations from the state's voter rolls.

Monday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court denied a request for the case to bypass appeals and proceed directly to the state's highest judicial body.

The state appeals court sided with the elections commission Tuesday in putting the purge on hold.

Appeals are the next step for the case and the hold will likely remain in place until after the court makes its own ruling.

The Ozaukee county judge made the initial ruling in the case, siding with the conservative plaintiffs. The defendant, the bipartisan Wisconsin Elections Commission, will meet Tuesday and is expected to discuss the legal proceedings.

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