LETTER: Judge’s voter purge ruling is ‘distinct threat to democracy’

To Ozaukee Press:

We are alarmed that the decision by Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Paul Malloy (“Judges’ voter registration ruling triggers appeal,” Ozaukee Press, Dec. 19, 2019) could strip away the voting rights of 234,000 Wisconsinites simply because these voters did not respond to a single mailer.

Voter purges pose a distinct threat to our democracy, causing disproportionate harm to the very voters who have long been disenfranchised: people of color, low income voters and those who move frequently. This flawed ruling doesn’t provide enough time or notice for voters to comply.

We support the Wisconsin Elections Commission’s efforts to ensure voters are not wrongfully removed from the rolls. We also support all efforts at the state and municipal levels to use innovative ways to contact voters beyond insufficient U.S. mail.

Our organization, All Voting is Local, intends to reach voters where they are to alert them to check and update their registrations through such tactics as digital ads and text messages, as the campaign has done nationwide where voter purges threaten the right to vote.

In 2018, we sent text messages to 384,444 voters in Ohio who were in the pipeline to be purged. Of the voters contacted, 62,479 people updated their registration and cast a ballot on election day.
 

Shauntay Nelson
Wisconsin state director
All Voting is Local
Washington, D.C.

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