IV. Legal Updates
U.S. Supreme Court: The court is scheduled to hear for two elections-related cases on December 8. One case involves Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission and the other is Texas’ one person, one vote case.
In other SCOTUS news, the high court has rejected a challenge from minor political parities in California that claim they are excluded from general election ballots because of the state’s top-two primary system.
Indiana: In a hearing this week, U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Baker appeared critical of the state’s new law that prevents ballot selfies. According to the Indianapolis Star, Baker said one problem with the law is that it justifies impinging on free speech rights by relying on a “whole lot of hypotheticals” and that there isn’t empirical data showing voter fraud is an ongoing problem in Indiana.
Kansas: Under the first cases brought since a new law gave him prosecutorial powers, Secretary of State Kris Kobach is charging two men and one woman with voting-related crimes. The charges include voting without being a lawfully registered Kansas voter. Some are misdemeanors and others felonies.
New Jersey: Hudson County Superior County Judge Peter F. Bariso has ruled that changes to ballot language in a non-binding referendum asking voters if Jersey City elections should move from May to November may be made, if those seeking the changes can afford to pay the $2,500 necessary to make the changes.