WILL President Rick Esenberg on Supreme Court Decision in Zignego v. WEC
WILL sued WEC in 2019 after state agency refused to clean up voter rolls.
The News: The Wisconsin Supreme Court issued a 5-2 decision, Friday, that the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) does not have a duty to remove voters from the rolls who have been flagged as having moved from their voting address. The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) sued WEC in November 2019 on behalf of three Wisconsin voters.
Quote: WILL President and General Counsel, Rick Esenberg, said, “This is a disappointing setback for those who expect Wisconsin state agencies to follow the law. The Court held today that the legislature created a duty and failed to provide an effective way for that duty to be carried out or enforced by voters. We respectfully disagree. It is now up to the legislature to fix the law. WILL remains committed to the rule of law and to a reasonable set of election rules that acknowledges that the right to vote involves both convenience and assurances of accuracy and integrity.”
After a petition to bypass to the Supreme Court resulted in a 3-3 tie (Justice Kelly recused), the Court of Appeals issued a stay on Judge Malloy’s decision on January 14, 2020 and overturned and remanded the decision on February 28.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court agreed to hear the case in June 2020 and WILL President and General Counsel, Rick Esenberg, participated in oral arguments in September.
- Wisconsin Supreme Court Decision in Zignego v. WEC, April 9, 2021
- Petition for Review to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, March 11, 2020
- What You Need to Know: WILL’s Lawsuit Against the Wisconsin Elections Commission, January 7, 2020
- WILL’s complaint, November 12, 2019
- Murphy’s Law: WILL’s Harvard Lawyers Fail at Voter Purge - Bruce Murphy - Apr 12th, 2021
- State Supreme Court Tosses Voter Purge Suit - Shawn Johnson - Apr 9th, 2021
- WILL President Rick Esenberg on Supreme Court Decision in Zignego v. WEC - Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty - Apr 9th, 2021
- WEC Statement Regarding Wisconsin Supreme Court Decision - Wisconsin Elections Commission - Apr 9th, 2021
- High Court Urged to Okay 5% Error Rate in Voter Purge - Henry Redman - Sep 30th, 2020
- Court to Rule on Purging 130,000 from Voter Rolls - Laurel White - Sep 29th, 2020
- League of Women Voters of Wisconsin Files Brief to Protect Registered Voters from Polling List Purge - League of Women Voters of Wisconsin - Jul 14th, 2020
- State High Court Narrows Chance of Voter Purge - Laurel White - Jul 1st, 2020
- Voter Purge Push Threatens 129,000 Names - Michael Parsky, Kynala Phillips and Dana Munro - Jun 14th, 2020
- Op Ed: Dan Kelly Wants Revenge - Matt Rothschild - Jun 2nd, 2020
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