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electionlineWeekly — February 15, 2018

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 VI. Legal Updates

Tennessee: A complaint of election fraud and illegal voting against Jeanne D. Smith, 59 of Town of Radisson has been dismissed by Sawyer County Circuit Judge John Yackel.

Texas: Advocates are threatening to sue the state for failing to provide voter registration services to residents with disabilities. According to The Dallas Morning News, under the National Voter Registration Act, Texas must provide the services to people who receive job training from the state. The Coalition of Texans with Disabilities said the Texas Workforce Commission has failed to do so since taking over the state's job training responsibilities in September 2016.  Lawyers for the coalition allege that each year, between 74,000 and 100,000 Texans with disabilities are not being offered voter registration services.

Also in Texas, a judge has given permission for the Dallas County District Attorney’s office to examine any suspicious mail-in ballots in advance of the March primaries. The decision came after elections officials in the county noticed hundreds of suspicious mail-in ballot applications, including at least four that were requested by dead voters.

Virginia: A lawsuit challenging the outcome of the 28th District race has been dropped by the plaintiffs. The plaintiffs, a group of Virginia voters had originally sued to overturn the election because at least 147 voters had been assigned to the wrong House district—the margin of victory was just 73 votes.