Liberal Advocacy Groups To Sue Over Wisconsin GOP Lame-Duck Power Grab

December 14, 2018 3:58 p.m.

Two liberal advocacy groups on Friday announced that they would file a lawsuit challenging Wisconsin Republicans’ slate of laws that restrict the power of the incoming Democratic governor and limit early voting in the state.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed the bills on Friday, less than a month before he leaves office and incoming Democratic Gov.-elect Tom Evers takes over. Republicans in the state legislature rushed the bills through in a special session in a blatant attempt to limit Evers and Democrats.

The liberal advocacy groups — the One Wisconsin Institute and the National Redistricting Foundation — said in a Friday statement that they will challenge the voting restrictions.

In a statement, former Attorney General Eric Holder called the newly passed law “a shameful attack on our democracy by politicians who will do anything to hold onto power.”

“After losing an election, Republicans in the state legislature are using their gerrymandered majorities and their defeated governor to ignore the will of the people. Their actions are grossly partisan, deeply undemocratic, and an attack on voting rights. They must not stand,” Holder said.

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