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Van Hollen will wait until after election to appeal ruling in GAB suit

State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen will wait until after Tuesday's election to pursue his appeal of a Dane County judge's decision rejecting his suit seeking to force the Government Accountability Board to run additional checks on new voter registrations, a spokesman said today.

“Recognizing that there is no possibility for relief before the election, we will file the appeal after the election,” DOJ spokesman Bill Cosh said in a statement today via e-mail.

Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi ruled Oct. 23 the GAB's decision to only check new registrations against other state databases starting Aug. 6 didn't violate state or federal law. A Department of Justice spokesman said immediately after the ruling that the agency planned to appeal.

Van Hollen filed the suit amid reports that information on as many as one-fourth of the new registrations that had been checked didn't match up to other state databases. Van Hollen has expressed concerns of potential voter fraud in the Nov. 4 election.

But Sumi said nothing in state or federal statutes requires a "data match" as a condition to vote. Sumi said a voter has the legal right to cast a ballot, and "it doesn't matter if the DOT misspelled his name or her middle initial is missing on a list."

Read the original suit:
http://www.doj.state.wi.us/news/files/326371.pdf

Read a transcript of the judge's ruling:
http://tctvideo.madison.com/vanhollen/vanhollen.pdf

-- By Greg Bump

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