FILE - Wisconsin Supreme Court

The Wisconsin Supreme Court room at the Capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin. (Royalbroil | Wikimedia via Creative Commons)

The group behind the lawsuit over Wisconsin's voter purge wants the state Supreme Court to double check the latest ruling in the case. 

The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) on Tuesday asked the high court to review the stay issued by an appeals court in Madison. Specifically, WILL is challenging the stay because the appeals court didn't "offer any reasoning or rationale."

"The Court of Appeals is required to provide some explanation when issuing a stay," WILL President Rick Essenberg said. "To date, the Court of Appeals has provided nothing. Whatever reasoning may follow, we’re asking the Supreme Court to consider whether a stay is warranted at all.”

The appeals court put the back-and-forth over more than 200,000 voters who have either moved or refused to answer questions about their addresses on hold last week. The appeals court acted within 24 hours of the Wisconsin Supreme Court's decision to not immediately take the case. 

The legal wrangling began in December when an Ozaukee County judge ruled that the Wisconsin Election Commission must remove the voters because of questions about their addresses. State law gives election managers in the state 30 days to remove someone from the voting rolls after a change of address. The Election Commission wanted to wait until after the November election. Three Democratic commission members voted twice to ignore the Ozaukee County judge's ruling. The judge then held them in contempt and ordered fines of $250 a day until they complied with his order. 

The Election Commission was meeting last week, possibly to act, when the appeals court stepped in. 

WILL is asking the state Supreme Court to overturn the stay on that contempt ruling as well. 

A spokesman for the Election Commission is not commenting on the request from WILL.

The Center Square Contributor

An industry veteran with two decades of experience in media, Benjamin Yount reports on Illinois and Wisconsin statewide issues for The Center Square.