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electionlineWeekly — September 22, 2016

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 V. Legal Updates

Georgia: U.S. District Court Judge William S. Duffey, Jr. has ordered Secretary of State Brian Kemp to release more detailed public records about the state decides to reject applications trying to register to vote. Duffey said the “threatened injury” over block the release of the information outweighs the harm to the state.

Kansas: Shawnee County District Judge Larry Hendricks said this week that his previous ruling requiring counties to count the ballots from those who have not proven their citizenship stands for the November election as well.

Nevada: Federal Judge Miranda Du will hear arguments on October 4 in the lawsuit filed by two Paiute tribes in Nevada that are suing Washoe and Mineral counties alleging that the counties violated the Voting Rights Act by disenfranchising a protected group.

Texas: U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos has ordered that Texas state officials being allowing federal officials to review drafts of voter outreach and education materials on the state’s new voter ID law, before they are published.

Utah: U.S. District Judge Jill Parish said this week that she will likely rule soon on whether or not San Juan County must take additional steps to ensure that Navajo voters have the same access to polling places that other residents do. The Navajo Human Rights Commission and residents of the Navajo Nation in San Juan County sued in February, saying the county had violated the federal Voting Rights Act by closing polling places and moving toward a mail-only voting system, hindering Navajos' access to the ballot box.

Virginia: In a unanimous one-page order, the Supreme Court of Virginia said that it would not force Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) to return to court to prove that he was complying with a previous court order when restoring the voting rights to ex-felons.

Also in Virginia, a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments regarding the state’s voter ID law.