On Friday, a Wisconsin court of appeals handed Democrats a big win by overturning a ruling that sought to purge up to 209,000 people from voter registration rolls.
The affected voters were concentrated in areas that tend to vote Democratic, prompting left-leaning groups to accuse the plaintiffs and county court of strategizing to reduce Democratic turnout, The Associated Press reported.
The ruling gives a boost to Democrats in a state that’s poised to play a decisive role in the 2020 presidential race. Donald Trump won Wisconsin by fewer than 23,000 votes in 2016.
The conservative group that brought the case, Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, said it plans to appeal the ruling to the state Supreme Court.
A lower court judge in January ordered the purging of more than 200,000 people from voter rolls because they may have moved.
On Friday, the appeals court also overturned an order by the same judge that had found the state elections commission in contempt for not moving forward with the voter roll purge.
Plaintiffs and other right-leaning groups argued they were trying to reduce the likelihood of voter fraud. Wisconsin holds its primaries in April.