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 V. Legal Updates

California: The League of Women Voters and other voting rights organizations have filed a federal lawsuit in San Francisco alleging that the California Department of Motor Vehicles is violating the Motor Voter law by requiring more than 1 million Californians who renew their driver’s license by mail each year to fill out a separate form to register to vote.

Georgia: U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten has ordered the state to temporarily reopen the state’s voter registration rolls ahead of the congressional special election runoff.

Kansas: U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson had ordered Secretary of State Kris Kobach to turn over by Friday documents he shared with the president-elect regarding the state’s proof-of-citizenship law.

Michigan: A Macomb County judge has ordered Clerk Karen Spranger to cooperate with the county’s move to a new building. Spranger said she will follow the judge's order and refrain from doing anything like hiding moving boxes to impede the move.

Mississippi: The Mississippi public has paid nearly $74,000 to defend legislators in federal lawsuit by voters who say they were disenfranchised in a state House race that went to a tiebreaker and was later flipped. The Associated Press filed a public records request April 26 seeking information about payments to a private attorney, Michael Wallace, for representing Speaker Philip Gunn and others in the lawsuit. The House Management Committee released a document Tuesday showing $73,735 in payments to the Wise Carter law firm, where Wallace is a shareholder.

New Hampshire: The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the state of New Hampshire because they state invalidated several hundred absentee ballots in 2016 because of mismatched signatures. "People should not be denied their fundamental right to vote because of penmanship but that's exactly what is happening in New Hampshire," Gilles Bissonnette, legal director of the ACLU of New Hampshire, said in a statement.

Texas: The Dallas County District Attorney’s office has launched a criminal investigation into voter fraud following numerous complaints about possible tampering with mail ballots. Hundreds of people throughout the county report receiving absentee ballots that they did not apply for, although county records indicate that they did submit an application.