V. Legal Updates
California: Add Los Angeles County to the list of states and counties that Judicial Watch has sued over what they are argue are bloated voter rolls. The suit argues that the county’s two lists of voters, one for active and one for inactive, should be combined into one and voters should be purged.
Illinois: A 16th Circuit Court judge will hear testimony about putting a question on the March 20, 2018 ballot asking Aurora residents if they want to eliminate the Aurora Election Commission. Proponents of eliminating the commission filed more than 1,000 petition signatures Friday with the Kane County Circuit Clerk's office.
New York: Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis has signed the consent decree in the settlement between the New York City Board of Elections and activists in the suit filed over the city’s illegal purge of voters. The board must review all the names of voters purged since July 1, 2013 and restore any voter who was removed in violation of state or federal election law. It also has to create a comprehensive remedial plan within 90 days that addresses the specific violations of the Election Law. If all parties don't agree to the board's plan, it could go back to court.
New Mexico: The Santa Fe city council spent time this week hammering out details of how ranked-choice voting will work when the city begins using the voting system in 2018. Members of the council approved language to define a “majority” as well as ballot design.
North Carolina: An Alamance County grand jury has indicted 12 people for violating state election laws. According to WRAL, after elections, the State Board of Elections compares the state's voter registration database against the state Department of Public Safety's list of felons, and reviews voting history to determine if matches voted while still serving their sentences.
South Carolina: Attorney General Alan Wilson has ruled that the state’s election agency does not need to publicly release documents on how it is protecting voting systems. According to The Post and Courier, State Election Commission Director Marci Andino requested the opinion.