Laurel White reports Federal Judge Strikes Down Lame-Duck Changes To Wisconsin Voting Laws:
The restrictions limited early voting in Wisconsin to the two weeks before an election. In recent years, cities including the Democratic strongholds of Milwaukee and Madison have offered several weeks of early voting.
Former Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed the new restrictions into law roughly three weeks before he was to leave office and be replaced by Democrat Tony Evers. The same lame-duck session of the Legislature also sought to curb Evers’ powers, in a move widely criticized as a power play.
Liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now joined with the National Redistricting Foundation, an arm of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee headed by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, to argue that the new restrictions violated a 2016 federal ruling on election laws in Wisconsin. The groups appealed to the judge in that case, Judge James Peterson of the Western District of Wisconsin, to block the new law.
Peterson issued a favorable ruling for the groups on Thursday afternoon.
“This is not a close question,” Peterson wrote in his decision.
See One Wisconsin Now, Inc. v. Mark Thomsen, et al., 3:15-cv-00324-jdp (W.D. Wis. Jan. 17, 2019):