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electionlineWeekly — June 9, 2016

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V. Legal Updates

Arizona: The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has filed a federal suit in Arizona blaming the problems of the state’s March primary on Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell and Secretary of State Michelle Reagan.

Also in Arizona, the state’s Attorney General has hired a former federal prosecutor to investigate how the secretary of state’s office failed to mail hundreds of thousands of voter pamphlets in the May special election.

Maryland: Members of Voters Organized for the Integrity of City Elections (VOICE) joined other plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit seeking to order a new primary in Baltimore. The suit alleges that irregularities and a vote-buying scheme marred the election results.

Ohio: U.S. District Judge Algenon L. Marbley has struck down provisions in Ohio law that voided absentee and provisional ballot for technical flaws. Marbley ruled that the law violated provisions of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Secretary of State Jon Husted said that the state will appeal the ruling.

Virginia: The U.S. Supreme Court will review a challenge the Virginia House of Delegates districts to determine if lawmakers improperly packed African-American voters into a dozen districts.

Wisconsin: The ACLU, which is challenging the state’s voter ID law in court said this week that it would soon be filing a motion in federal court to make sure “voters who face a reasonable impediment to getting an ID” can still cast a vote with an affidavit. On Wednesday a judge ruled that the law would not be put on hold.