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 V. Legal Updates

Arizona: The State of Arizona has settled a lawsuit with Project Vote that will allow broader public access to the state’s voter rolls at a lower cost. Under the agreement, the price to obtain a copy of the state’s rolls will go from about $3,000 to around $500.

Georgia: A group of Georgia voters filed suit in the Fulton County Superior Court alleging that state and local election officials ignored warnings about the state’s centralized voter registration system and the suit is asking the court to overturn the results of the recent congressional special election.

Massachusetts: In November 2016, the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit against the state of Massachusetts over the legality of the state to set a voter registration deadline. The lawsuit charges that the state’s 20-day voter registration deadline bars thousands of people from being able to vote. The trial in that suit began this week.

Kansas: U.S. Magistrate Judge James O’Hara said this week that Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s reasoning for misleading the court “lacks credibility.”

Also in Kansas, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law has filed a federal complaint against Secretary of State Kris Kobach that claims he attempted to leverage his position the president’s federal election commission to help his recently launched gubernatorial bid. The group claims he is violating the Hatch Act.

Texas: Noe Olvera, 44 of Mission has been sentenced to 18 months in prison. The former mailman admitted to selling information about people who requested absentee ballots.

Virginia: Backers of a proposed charter change have filed suit against the State Board of Elections for access to the state’s voter rolls. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, In a 25-page complaint filed late Friday in Richmond Circuit Court, referendum advocate Paul Goldman argues that denial of access to the list violates his First Amendment rights and his Constitutional guarantee to “equal protection of the laws” under the 14th Amendment.