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 VI. Legal Updates

Florida: Gov. Rick Scott (R) has dropped his appeal of a federal court order that said the state’s efforts to purge the voter rolls of suspected noncitizens violated federal law. "Florida is in an excellent position to conduct fair elections," Scott said in a statement. "I am confident that the 2016 presidential election cycle will put Florida's election system in a positive light thanks to the improvements made by our supervisors of elections, the Legislature and the Department of State." According to the Tampa Bay Times, cost-savings led, in part, to Scott’s decision.

Kentucky: Circuit Judge David Preston has thrown out the November election for Magoffin County judge-executive saying that there were so many violations of election rules. According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, the judge cited “a raft of improprieties” including a lack of required information on applications for absentee ballots; precinct officers failing to document how they identified voters and improperly helping people vote; and residents casting early ballots at the county clerk's office when there was no Republican election commissioner present as required.