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 IV. Legal Updates

Georgia: U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg issued an order last week stating that federal law does not prohibit the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law from using a coalition of multiple minority groups to make their case against Gwinnett County in a Voting Rights Act violation lawsuit.

Kansas: Last week, U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson ruled that Secretary of State Kris Kobach must provide the ALCU with copies of the documents he shared with then-President-Elect Trump in 2016. Robinson gave Kobach a May 12 deadline to turn over the documents. Kobach met the deadline, but marked the documents as confidential. “It’s just puzzling,” Stephen Bonney, chief counsel and legal director at the ACLU of Kansas told the Courthouse News Service. “We’re looking at what steps to take now and should have it figured out before the end of the week.”

North Carolina: This week, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to reinstate North Carolina’s voter ID law. The high court refused to consider an appeal by the state’s GOP.

U.S. Virgin Islands: The V.l. Supreme Court has rejected a bid to force election officials to certify the results of the April 8 special election on procedural grounds, court documents show.

Wisconsin: Jessica Steinke of Cleveland, Wisconsin was sentenced to 80 hours of community service for committing voter fraud for voting in the 2016 election despite being a convicted felon.