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As in Ohio, Republican efforts to use the legal system to disenfranchise voters has been rejected by the courts. This time in Wisconsin.

From the Wisconsin State Journal:

A Dane County circuit judge today dismissed a lawsuit by Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to require the state elections agency to check voter registrations against other state databases dating to 2006, which critics said could have thrown hundreds of thousands of registrations into doubt.

Judge Maryann Sumi said Van Hollen failed to state an adequate claim for bringing the lawsuit and noted that state law has consistently favored protecting citizens' right to vote. Sumi also said that Van Hollen did not have standing to bring the lawsuit.

Van Hollen had sought to require the state Government Accountability Board to enforce the federal Help America Vote Act, which required Wisconsin election officials to verify registrants' names and ages against state driver, death and felon records beginning on Jan. 1, 2006.

But Sumi said only the U.S. attorney general can enforce that federal law.

For those not familiar with this case, Atty. Gen. Van Hollen is the State Chairman of the McCain campaign in Wisconisn.

UPDATE: More coverage from The Capital Times

Ruling that no federal or state law exists that makes cross-checking voter registrations necessary for a citizen to vote, a Dane County judge Thursday threw out a lawsuit by Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to force state election officials to verify the eligibility of voters before the Nov. 4 election.

"Nothing in state or federal law requires that there be a data match as a prerequisite for a citizen's right to vote," Judge Maryann Sumi said in dismissing Van Hollen's lawsuit.

Van Hollen says he will appeal, possibly directly to the State Supreme Court, but he's running out of time.

Originally posted to TC MITS on Thu Oct 23, 2008 at 11:46 AM PDT.

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