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Thousands of Wisconsin voters may be stricken from voter registration rolls

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Just two months before primary elections in Wisconsin an Ozaukee county judge has decided 234,000 voters are no longer eligible to vote.

In October the Wisconsin Election Commission sent mailers to those people notifying them they may not be eligible to vote because of information from the the Electronic Registration Information Center, or ERIC.

ERIC is a national organization that tries to keep voter registration rolls as up-to-date as possible.

Lucas Vebber, a lawyer for the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, a conservative legal group, says the commission gave people up to two years to respond, instead of the 30 days listed in the state statute.

The WEC made that change in June, to give people enough time to appropriately respond.

"That is unlawful. It's not what the statute allows and the [WEC] is not given authority in the statute to deviate from that," he said.

WILL helped three voters sue the commission, worried that voter fraud could run rampant with so much time to notify a change of address.

While the Ozaukee County judge agreed, liberal leaders, like Analeise Eicher with One Wisconsin Now, say this is an example of voter disenfranchisement.

"It's part of the republican playbook and its unfortunate that there are organizations like the Wisconsin Institute on Law and Liberty that seek to, continuously, election after election undermine the ability of folks to exercise their right to vote," Eicher said.

She says it's a way to confuse voters who haven't moved, and that the ruling is an effort to give Supreme Court Justice Dan Kelly a leg-up in the April election.

Kelly is also a former Advisor for WILL.

However, Vebber says there's nothing political about this.

"This is 100 percent about a state agency that has gone rogue and has decided that they are the ones who get to write the law which is simply not the case," he said.

Both did agree on one thing, check your voter registration and make sure everything is in the clear before election day rolls around.

If you need to register, you can do it online, at your local clerks office or even at the voting booth on election day.

Francisco Almenara

Reporter, WKOW

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