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electionlineWeekly — January 19, 2017

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 V. Legal Updates

California: A lawsuit contesting a San Jose city council race is focusing on 116 contested ballots. The losing (and suing) candidate lost by just 68 votes.

Florida: Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Gillen has ruled that Delray Beach cannot be forced to hold a special election to fill an open commission seat.

Idaho: According to the Associated Press, Idaho's top prosecutor has decided not to file criminal charges after his office was asked to review accusations of possible voter intimidation and interference during campaigning for last November's election. Deputy Attorney General Paul Panther sent a letter this week telling the Bonner County prosecutor's office that he did not find evidence of malicious harassment or stalking in the alleged incidents.

Maine: Maine State Prison inmate Raishawn Key has filed a complaint that he was denied his right to vote because Augusta City Clerk Robert Egg rejected his absentee ballot application because of a “non-existing street address.”

New York: The U.S. Department of Justice has gotten involved in a lawsuit against the New York City Board of Elections over the removal of 117,000 voters from the rolls in the months leading up to the election. DOJ has said that the removal of the voters was a violation of the National Voter Registration Act.

Pennsylvania: Luzerne County has reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice to make polling places more accessible. According to the Times Leader, the settlement stems from a survey of 52 of the county’s 180 polling place locations during the Nov. 3, 2015, general election.

Texas: The City of Pasadena has appealed a ruling that found that it deliberately violated the voting rights of Hispanics. Although the appeal has been filed, Judge Lee H. Rosenthal said the city must conduct the upcoming 2017 election under the new voting system.

Virginia: Vafalay Massaquoi has pleaded guilty to one count of election fraud and two counts of forging public records for submitting bogus voter-registration forms.