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V. Legal Updates

California: According to the San Diego Union Tribune, a consumer activist is suing the county registrar of voters, claiming ballot certification in the recent primary election was mishandled because the office improperly reviewed mail-in and provisional ballots.

Kansas: The Associated Press has sued Johnson County alleging that it has wrongly withheld public records involving alleged fiscal misconduct by the county’s former elections chief.

North Carolina: A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments for and against changes to North Carolina’s elections laws including voter ID. According to The Associated Press, one judge says the timing of the Republicans' actions "looks pretty bad." Another asked pointed questions about why the GOP excluded public assistance IDs from the list of acceptable forms of identification.

North Dakota: Members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, who are suing the state over its voter ID law, have asked a federal judge to temporarily block enforcement of the law. According to The Bismarck Tribune, the tribe says an injunction would give poll workers the ability to let people vote based on their knowledge of someone's voting eligibility and would allow people to vote by signing an affidavit saying they are qualified to do so.