Case Name: Zignego et al v. Wisconsin Election Commission et al
Type of Case: Declaratory Judgment; Good Government
Court: Ozaukee County Circuit Court, Wisconsin Court of Appeals, Wisconsin Supreme Court
Filed On: November 13, 2019
Current Status: Circuit Court granted the Writ of Mandamus, Reversed at Court of Appeals, Currently pending before the Supreme Court
Wisconsin must maintain accurate and up-to-date voter registrations precisely because our state has made it easy to vote and easy to register. Ensuring that voters are voting from the proper residence is critical because:
To this end, Wisconsin law has established procedures to ensure and maintain accurate voter rolls. Wisconsin participates with 28 other states in the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC). ERIC flags “movers” – individuals who report an official government transaction from an address different than their voter registration address – to state election agencies.
The Wisconsin Election Commission first reviews the information on “movers” for accuracy and reliability. State law then provides specific direction to WEC on how to handle “movers” flagged by ERIC.
But on June 11, 2019 the Wisconsin Election Commission decided, contrary to state law, that changes in eligibility for a voter flagged as a “mover” by ERIC will not occur for 12 to 24 months.
WILL filed a complaint, on behalf of three Wisconsin voters, to the Wisconsin Election Commission on October 16, 2019 explaining how the adopted policy change is contrary to state law. WEC dismissed WILL’s complaint, without ever dealing with the merits.
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