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 V. Legal Updates

Michigan: Paul Kardasz and Erin Stahl, two former deputy clerks in Macomb County have filed a whistle-blower lawsuit alleging that they witnessed a pattern of incompetent, unethical and unlawful behavior that left he clerk’s office “on the brink of collapse.”

Montana: In other special election news, two people have filed a federal complaint saying that because they are minor-party candidates, they were denied the ability to get on the ballot for the upcoming special election.

Pennsylvania: Attorney General Josh Shapiro, at the behest of Republican House leader, is joining the District Attorney’s Office in a formal investigation into the recent special election in Philadelphia.

Tennessee: Virgil Jones, 56, an alderman in the city of Moscow has been indicted on charges of lying about where he lives for voting and election purposes. Jones was indicted on one count of false entry on official registration or election document, one count of perjury and false statement on official election documents and five counts of voter fraud.

Texas: A motion filed with the a three-judge panel in the U.S. District Court of San Antonio is seeking to block the state of Texas from using congressional maps in the 2018 election that were found to have been drawn in violation of the U.S. Voting Rights Act.

U.S. Virgin Islands: U.S. District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez has ordered that a special election for senate should proceed. Kevin Rodriquez, who is running for the vacant seat, has taken his appeal to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.