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electionlineWeekly — December 29, 2016

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 V. Legal Updates

New York: Rockland Republican Election Commissioner Louis C. “Butch” Babcock has filed a lawsuit in Rockland County Supreme Court in an effort to keep his job as commissioner. According to the Rockland Times, Babcock alleges that the Rockland Republican Executive Committee refused to follow their own rules and bylaws by not allowing the county Republican Committee to vote on nominations for election commissioner.

Tennessee: Tennessee’s Attorney General Herbert Slatery, III has issued an opinion that the state’s ballot selfie ban is indeed constitutional. The AG’s opinions said the law does not violate the right to freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment because it provides reasonable regulations designed to ensure the privacy of a ballot, promote speed and efficiency of the voting process and prevent disruption and distraction for voters, including voter intimidation.