IV. Legal Updates
Michigan: Macomb County’s clerk is facing another lawsuit, this time for secretly videotaping a resident. Diane Zontini is suing Clerk Karen Spranger alleging that an associate of the clerk’s secretly filmed Zontini while she was conducting private business in the clerk’s office.
New York: The U.S. Department of Justice has reached an agreement with the state to settle a lawsuit over voter registration opportunities through state motor vehicle offices. Under a settlement agreement, New York will make sure a voter registration opportunity will be included with all applications for driver’s licenses and renewals.
North Carolina: The North Carolina Court of Appeals rejected Gov. Roy Cooper’s request to put on hold the law creating the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement. The lawsuit argues the change in the elections board violates the constitutional separation of powers.
Ohio: The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal of the decision by the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals that found a pair of homeless organizations lacked standing as private entities to challenge enforcement of a law requiring voters to provide certain personal identifying information with ballots.
Virginia: Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) has agreed to turn over a list of the 206,000 convicted felons whose voting rights were restored under a now-defunct executive order from 2016. The release of the information is part of a settlement with the Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office which had sued to gain access to the list.
Also in Virginia, Andrew J. Spieles, 21 of Harrisonburg, pleaded guilty to a “one-count Information” for knowingly submitting fraudulent voter registration forms.