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electionlineWeekly — October 30, 2014

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V. Legal Update

Florida: The Children’s Services Council has sued Broward County over what it claims is poor ballot layout. The suit claims that voters are accidentally voting against funding for the organization because it is not in its own column and is instead listed beneath a ballot question. On Wednesday, the supervisor of elections office and the Children’s Services Counsel reached an agreement thus ending the suit. Under the agreement, voters who vote early and on Election Day, will receive cards reminding them to read ballots carefully.

Georgia: A Fulton County judge declined to intervene in the state’s voter registration process, letting stand existing measures by state and local election officials to help applications ahead of the upcoming election. The Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights had filed suit alleging tens of thousands of voters that it believed were not properly registered.

Kentucky: An appeals court has issued a stay in the lower court ruling that would have eliminated the state’s 300-foot buffer zone around polling places. The appeals court did rule however that electioneering within 300 feet of the polling place may continue as long as it is on private property.

Ohio: A federal appeals court has ruled that organizations conducting voter outreach did not have the right to sue the state of Ohio on behalf of voters arrested and jailed the weekend before Election Day.