V. Legal Updates
California: The Project on Fair Representation, a Virginia-based nonprofit, is asking a federal judge to overturn California’s Voting Rights Act.
Georgia: A federal judge has ruled that Georgia must keep its voter registration deadline open for any federal election, including runoffs, for at least 30 days before the election.
Massachusetts: U.S. District Court Judge William Young denied the city of Lowell’s attempts to dismiss a voting-rights lawsuit that alleges the city’s at-large election system has shut out minority candidates.
Nevada: A federal lawsuit which names Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske and Clark County Registrar of Voters Joe Garcia as defendant has been filed in an attempt to halt recall efforts aimed at three sitting state senators. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the complaint claims the recall election would put a burden on the plaintiffs’ right to vote, and that the recalls would “undermine a republican form of government by threatening to upend the undisputed results of legitimate and regularly scheduled election.”
North Carolina: A Wake County Superior Court judge has ruled that the student union at Appalachian State may serve as an early voting site for Watauga County.
Rhode Island: Former Board of Elections executive director Robert Kando has filed another lawsuit against the state BOE. In this suit, Kando is accusing the board of violating his due process rights, the state Whistleblower’s Act and the Opening Meetings act by firing him in August 2016.
Texas: Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) has filed a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals calling on the judges to end a challenge to the state’s voter ID law. According to the Houston Chronicle, in his 101-page document, the Republican argued that because the state has already added new exceptions to the law to allow people who have a reasonable-impediment to getting an ID to still vote, the case should be officially concluded.
Wisconsin: Jonathan Brown, 22, was sentenced to 54 years in prison for three counts of second degree sexual assault/use of force. One of Brown’s victims was a poll worker on her way to serve at a polling place on November 8.