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Wisconsin appeals court puts voter rolls purge on hold

FILE - In this April 5, 2016, file photo, Wisconsin voters cast their ballots in the state's primary at the South Shore Park Pavilion in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin appeals court has put on hold an order to immediately remove up to 209,000 names from the state’s voter registration rolls, handing Democrats who had fought the move a victory in the battleground state. The case is being closely watched, as Wisconsin is among a group of swing states being targeted by both Democrats and President Donald Trump this year. Trump narrowly won Wisconsin in 2016 by fewer than 23,000 votes, putting even more of a focus on every voter in the state. The state appeals court sided with the elections commission Tuesday in putting the purge on hold.

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