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IV. Legal Updates

Arizona: Pima County Superior Court Judge Richard Gordon has ruled that ballot images produced by local voting equipment are exempt from disclosure by Arizona election law.

Georgia: A federal lawsuit has been filed in Fulton County Superior Court seeking to require voters use paper ballots in the 6th Congressional District runoff in June. The suit names Secretary of State Brian Kemp and the elections directors of the three affected counties as defendants.

In other Georgia legal news, District Court Judge Amy Totenberg agreed that a coalition of plaintiffs representing minority communities has the right to claim the method of electing local officials in Gwinnett County denies them from participating equally in electing local officials. Totenberg reject the county’s arguments that claims under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act are limited to members of a single minority group.

Minnesota: According to a press release from the Pacific Legal Foundation, a petition for certiorari was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Minnesota law that dictates what voters may not wear at the polls on election day.

Nevada: Stephen Gregory Zority of Las Vegas has pleaded not guilty to illegally paying a woman to improperly register Republican voters in rural Nevada in 2016.

North Carolina: A three-judge panel will hear arguments this week whether it’s constitutional for GOP legislators to end the century-old control governors had of overseeing elections.

Also in North Carolina, Joy Yvette Wilkerson has been indicted for illegally restoring or was in the process of restoring about 250 felons as voters for the 2016 general election.

Ohio: The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether Secretary of State Jon Husted acted lawfully in removing hundreds of thousands of names form the state’s voter rolls.