72,000 Wisconsinites targeted in election rolls lawsuit didn’t vote in 2020

MADISON – The state Supreme Court will decide soon whether about 72,000 Wisconsinites should remain on the voter rolls — a group that isn’t consistently casting ballots.

None of the people in question voted in 2020, according to a report discussed Wednesday by the Wisconsin Elections Commission. 

The court fight over the voter rolls has inspired partisan finger-pointing and bold electoral prognostications. But the ruling may have a limited effect in the political sphere, the report suggests.

The commission in 2019 sent letters to about 232,000 voters who it believed might have moved. It asked them to register at a new address or confirm they had not moved.

The commission planned to take voters off the rolls this spring if they hadn’t responded by then. But a group of voters assisted by the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty sued, arguing the state had to immediately take the voters off the rolls.

An Ozaukee County judge ruled in their favor, but an appeals court reversed the decision and found the voters should stay on the rolls. The state Supreme Court is expected to settle the matter by summer.

Since the letters were sent, the list of voters has been whittled down to about 72,000. The rest have registered at a new address, said they didn’t move or come off the rolls for other reasons.

Of those who remain on the list, none voted in 2020, including November’s presidential election, according to the report.

Contact Patrick Marley at patrick.marley@jrn.com. Follow him on Twitter at @patrickdmarley.