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Voter purge likely won’t happen before spring election

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Wisconsin Elections Commission, Chairman Dean Knudson, center

MADISON (WKOW) -- If a purge of more than 200,000 names from Wisconsin voter rolls happens at all, it likely won't be before the spring election.

At a meeting today of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, Chairman Dean Knudson said it is unclear when the court of appeals would ultimately rule on the case.

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

"I believe that what it means for the spring election, we'll be under our same process that we were under back in June," Knudson said.

That means when voters who are on what he called the "movers list" arrive at the polls, they will be asked to affirm if they still live at the address where they are registered.

There is no specific timeline on when the court of appeals would have to rule.

The April 27 spring election will feature the highly contested Democratic primary, ahead of this summer's Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee.

The case, originally brought by the conservative Wisconsin Institute 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.

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