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electionlineWeekly — January 18, 2018

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 V. Legal Updates

Alabama: The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund filed notice that they are appealing U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler’s order to dismiss a lawsuit against the state’s voter ID law. "We are deeply disappointed by the judge's ruling dismissing our case before trial," said LDF President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill. "Over the course of two years, we have developed a sound case demonstrating that Alabama's voter ID law is racially discriminatory. We had hoped to present our full case at trial next month."

California: Earlier this month the State of California reached a settlement agreement with the League of Women Voters and three other groups that had sued the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles and Secretary of State’s Office claiming that the state burdens would-be voters by making them fill out the same information on two separate voter registration forms. Under the agreement, the state agreed to continue rolling out AB 1461 — automatic voter registration — on the LWV’s schedule.

Minnesota: Jeffrey Spanier, 53 of Sartell pleaded guilty to a felony count of registering to vote as an ineligible voter in November 2016. As a convicted felon on probation, Spanier was not eligible to register to vote.

North Dakota: In August 26, a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction against the state’s voter ID law. This week, the state argued in U.S. District Court that voter affidavits are “incompatible” with North Dakota’s status as the only state without voter registration. "Thousands of unverifiable votes will likely be cast in future elections as long as North Dakota is forced to use voter's affidavits in conjunction with its choice to remove registration as an impediment to voting," the state argued, the West Fargo Pioneer reported.