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A federal judge has refused to issue an injunction preventing five Wisconsin cities from using private grants to help put on next month’s election.

The Wisconsin Voter Alliance, which has GOP ties, filed suit seeking to prevent Green Bay, Kenosha, Madison, Milwaukee and Racine from using $6.3 million in grants from The Center for Tech and Civic Life to cover election costs related to COVID-19.

Earlier this month, U.S. Judge William Griesbach ruled there was no statute explicitly banning the use of private funds to put on an election and rejected the Wisconsin Voter Alliance’s request for a restraining order.

The group then asked Griesbach to issue an injunction preventing the cities from using the money while it appealed his earlier ruling.

In a two-page decision yesterday, Griesbach ruled the group had failed to meet the standard needed for an injunction. That includes establishing a strong likelihood of success. He also noted he “considered and rejected many of the same arguments Plaintiffs now assert” in his earlier refusal to grant a restraining order.

The Wisconsin Voter Alliance has appealed Griesbach’s ruling, and the 7th Circuit has set a Nov. 25 deadline for the group to file a brief. The deadline is more than three weeks after the election.

Read the order here.

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