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Helping judges deal with election cases
Five ways elections officials can be resources for judges

By David Levine
Special to electionlineWeekly

As noted by the Election Law Program, a joint project of William & Mary Law School and the National Center for State Courts, the United States has witnessed a dramatic increase in election-related litigation over the past ten years.

Legal challenges to election laws and procedures are now commonplace, and a source of considerable uncertainty and confusion.

Election administrators can be an important resource for judges deciding election disputes -- they understand the laws covering voter registration and elections in their jurisdiction(s) and the practicalities of administering and implementing those laws.

Election administrators are often automatically drawn into election disputes. They may, for example, be the named defendant in a lawsuit, in which case they will be the client of (and likely principal witness/resource for) the lawyer handling the case for the jurisdiction. In other cases, the court (or a party to the case) will contact or subpoena an election official to testify as the “local expert” on the subject matter of the case.

But even if an election official is not pulled into a case, there may be ways for him/her to help a judge. Read more…

September 30, 2016

National News: Google searches for voter registration have surged in Hispanic areas | Feds will send fewer election observers

Alabama: Error in amendment language forces ballots to be reprinted | Poll workers could use iPads

Alaska: North Slope lawmaker says he now wants to continue lawsuit

Arizona: Pinal voters inadvertently switch status | Attorney general decides against extra day for voter registration | Thousands of election pamphlets being reprinted

California: Facebook gives big spike to California voter registrations | Sacramento Co. eyes dramatic shift to vote-by-mail under new law | Browns signs legislation to overhaul voting system | Will voting overhaul help or hurt LA County turnout? | More Californians will vote-by-mail

Colorado: County election officials prepare to mail out ballots

Connecticut: Social media lead to surges in voter registration | Registrars of voters take steps to make election go smoothly | Court tells CT it doesn't have to redo a couple million ballots

District of Columbia: DC BOE tells 5,700 registered voters they aren't registered

Florida: Hillsborough Co. prepping for secure, flawless vote | Brevard's future voters get taste of 2016 election | Florida vote-by-mail hits record 2.5M requests | Ballot selfies still a no-go in Florida

Illinois: Illinois asks judge to stay voter-registration ruling | Clerk decries same-day ruling | Advocates: Suspension of same day registration will suppress the vote | DuPage election commission wants its lawyer to be less political | Chicago groups prepare for Nov. 8

Indiana: Tippecanoe Co.'s voting machines tested | A quarter of all names on Tippecanoe Co. absentee ballots are wrong

Iowa: Convenience compels voters to cast absentee ballots | Scott Co. brings in extra hands to help with early voting

Kansas: Kansas, ACLU reach temporary agreement on voter ID

Louisiana: Juban Crossing to host 'super voting precinct'

Maryland: Maryland moves forward with online voting despite warnings from cyber-experts

Massachusetts: Brookline, state prepping for first-ever early voting

Michigan: Secretary of state says voter registration not targeted in state

Mississippi: Civic duty brings election commissioners back to their posts

Montana: McCulloch touts accomplishments in SOS office | Missoula elections office finishes reprinting ballots

New Mexico: Dona Ana Co.'s voting options for people with disabilities

New York: New York sees surge in voter registrations | SUNY Geneseo to have own polling site for November

Ohio: Ohio may spend $150M to replace aging voting equipment | Husted says no attempted hacks in to voter database | Electronic pollbooks coming, but may not be used in November

Pennsylvania: Cybersecurity expert: One battleground state most vulnerable to voting hacks | Luzerne Co. presents its side on why past election director was fired

Texas: Texas schools may be flouting rules on student voter registration | 'Guac the Vote'--taco trucks in Texas become voter registration booths | Fight erupts in commissioners court over early voting sites

Virginia: Harrisonburg voter registration fraud sparks photo ID argument | He fought in WWII. He died in 2014. And he just registered to vote in Va. | Absentee voting in Va. receives massive response

Washington: State protecting voter registration database from hackers | Columbus Day bumps mail-in voter registration deadline | Mall shooter fallout: Secretary of state to propose citizenship checks for voters

West Virginia: County gets grant to upgrade polling places

Wisconsin: DMV gives wrong information on voter ID | City looking at new polling place after church fire

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