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electionlineWeekly — March 23, 2017

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 V. Legal Updates

Arizona: The U.S. Supreme Court has rebuffed a bid to void the system of nominating Tucson’s council members by ward and instead have them elected at-large. The high court gave no reason for their ruling.

Also in Arizona, Maricopa County and Project Vote have reached a settlement in a suit filed by Project Vote to seek to see how the county determined who was removed from the voter rolls in advance of the 2016 election. The recorder’s office will turn over an electronic list of more than 2 million voter registrations.

Arkansas: Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed a bill into law that will expand where people may conceal carry including in polling places.

California: Donald Dewsnup has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges of giving incorrect information on his voter registration form.

Colorado: Steve Curtis, 57, former head of the Colorado Republican Party, has been charged with voter fraud and forgery.

Connecticut: Judge Anthony Truglia has ruled that Brookfield must cover the legal fees for former Republican Registrar of Tom Dunkerton in a suit over his role in expelling a resident from the GOP.

Georgia: U.S. District Court Judge Timothy C. Batten Sr. has dismissed a lawsuit that accused Secretary of State Brian Kemp of illegally bumping voters of the state’s voter rolls ahead of the 2016 election. In the 21-page decision, Batten said the state had taken a “reasonable and nondiscriminatory” approach in trying to reach voters who had not cast a recent ballot to confirm their addresses.

New Jersey: The Ocean County board of elections has been served a subpoena to deliver “any and all records for George R. Gilmore related to his position as Chairman of the Election Board of Ocean County for the time frame January 1, 2010 to the present…”

New York: A New York Supreme Court judge has dismissed a voter registration lawsuit filed by Freeport municipal election candidates. The candidates had sued alleging that residents who have died or no longer live in the village remain on Nassau County’s voter rolls.

Texas: Jason Preston Gross, 37 of Dublin, Texas has been indicted on a second degree felony voter fraud charge in Erath County. Gross is accused of voting twice in the November 2016 election. "I am really impressed that (county clerk) Gwinda Jones and her team caught this," District Attorney Alan Nash told the Stephenville Empire-Tribune. "Mr. Gross was interviewed by police and openly admitted that he wanted to support his presidential candidate." Gross' second ballot was not counted in the official election results. A second degree felony is punishable by imprisonment for not more than 20 years or less than two years.