III. Legal Updates
Arizona & Kansas: The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request from attorneys for Arizona and Kansas to reconsider an earlier decision doing away with the states’ proof-of-citizenship laws.
Arkansas: A group of Blytheville citizens have filed a complaint claiming that a number of convicted felons may have been allowed to cast ballots in the city’s mayoral election and that number, combined with a number of questioned ballots could have affected the results.
Indiana: The Indiana Court of Appeals has thrown out three felony convictions against former Secretary of State Charlie White, while keeping three other convictions in place. The judges found double-jeopardy violations and threw out two voter fraud charges and a perjury charge. The state’s attorney general’s office is reviewing the decision and not yet decided whether they will pursue the case.
New Mexico: The secretary of state’s office is petitioning a judge for authorization to open locked ballot boxes in Colfax County in an effort to determine what caused a glitch in election returns for the recent land commissioner’s race.
New York: Albany County lawmakers rejected a proposed settlement agreement that would have ended a three-year voting rights legal fight. The case now returns to federal court.
Texas: Candidate Brian Black has filed suit in federal court in an attempt to overturn the November 4 Bandera mayoral election.
U.S. Virgin Islands: The legal wrangle continues in the Virgin Islands. On December 22, Superior Court Judge Harold Willocks vacated an arrest warrant against Elections Supervisor Caroline Fawkes. Then on Christmas Eve, Willocks ordered the St. Croix BOE to deny a petition for a recount and rendered null and void any actions the board had taken with regard to the requested recount.
Virginia: Dozens of voters have filed suit in the Richmond, Va. Federal Court against the State Board of Elections claiming that the SBE violated electoral rights by packing black voters into fragmented and irregularly shaped districts.