As most Badger State Kossacks (and many others) are aware, our Republican tool of an Attorney General filed a lawsuit against the State Elections Board seeking to force municipalities to perfectly match voter registration data against other state databases, which would have the chilling effect of challenging or suppressing the vote of hundreds of thousands of us.
So how did this transparent attempt to game the election turn out?
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting now that Van Hollen's lawsuit has been thrown out.
Van Hollen sued the Government Accountability Board on Sept. 10, arguing the law requires the board to check registration information for more voters against driver's license or Social Security records.As an IT Professional who understands how difficult it is to link huge amounts of data across multiple, disparate database management systems, I'm thrilled to see Judge Sumi gets it:
But Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi ruled this morning that Van Hollen had not shown any laws had been violated.
"On Nov. 4, each qualified voter in Wisconsin will go to the polls," Sumi noted. "It doesn't matter if the (Department of Transportation) has misspelled his name or if his middle initial is missing on voter rolls."And gets this too:
Sumi also ruled that the Republican Party does not have standing in the case.This is a short diary (and my first), but as it happens I'm good friends with the attorney who wrote the brief urging the dismissal of the Van Hollen suit. That, along with the fact that this was nothing more than a disgusting attempt to suppress voter turnout, put this issue near and dear to my heart.