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 VI. Legal Updates

New York: According to Newsday, Suffolk Conservative Party secretary Michael Torres has filed a federal lawsuit, claiming Republican Elections Commissioner Nicholas LaLota illegally fired him from his $105,000-a-year elections board job because he repeatedly refused to back Republicans’ choice for a District Court judgeship.

North Carolina: Citizens and advocacy groups have filed a federal lawsuit against government leaders over the state’s compliance with the federal motor voter law. According to The Associated Press, The lawsuit in Greensboro federal court comes several months after watchdog organizations wrote elections and health officials and the Division of Motor Vehicles threatening litigation unless they rectified issues associated with carrying out the 1993 federal "motor voter" law. The concerns haven't been addressed sufficiently, the lawsuit said, and now a court needs to intervene and ensure compliance.

North Dakota: Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem issued an opinion last week that clarifies the rules for acceptable forms of ID to comply with the state’s voter ID law. Stenehjem opined that as long as a driver has updated his or her address with the DOT, the license is considered current for voting, “even if the licensee did not take the additional step of obtaining a substitute license card.”

Virginia: On Monday, U.S. District Judge Robert E. Payne suggested that the three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals may choose a fix for the constitutionally flawed 3rd congressional district, but make its imposition of a new map conditional on how the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a redistricting case it is hearing.