IV. Legal Updates
Alabama: Alabama and the Department of Justice have entered an agreement to resolve claims that the state failed to provide voter registration opportunities when people renewed or applied for a new driver’s license. According to Alabama.com, a 15-page MOU between DOJ and the state outlines a series of actions the state will take to come into compliance with Sec. 5 of NVRA.
Arizona: The City of Tucson is expected to ask the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to rehear a decision by a three-judge panel of the court that ruled the city’s election system as unconstitutional.
Kansas: The attorneys who filed a lawsuit against Kansas’ proof-of-citizenship law are now seek to make it a class action lawsuit.
Mississippi: The Public Interest Legal Fund has sued the Noxubee County election commission claiming that the commission has more registered voters on the county’s voter rolls than there are living residents in the county. According to Y’all Politics, the suit alleges a violation of Sec. 8 of NVRA.
Nevada: Officials in Reno, Sparks and Carson City are attempting to figure out deal with the recent decision by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that ruled Tucson, Arizona’s election system unconstitutional. The three Nevada cities have the same election system.
North Carolina: The North Carolina NAACP filed court papers late last week that they plan to seek a preliminary injunction against the state’s voter ID law. This will be the second time that the organization has sought an injunction against the law.
Ohio: This week lawyers for the state’s Democrats argued before a federal judge that he should strike down recent changes made to the state’s voter laws because they burden voters. Lawyers for the state argue that the changes are minor and that the state provides voters may opportunities to cast a ballot.
Virginia: The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments over whether Virginia’s Legislature unlawfully considered race when drawing congressional districts. The case claims black voters were packed into one Democratic-held district.