IV. Legal Updates
Alabama: The U.S. Supreme Court has said a lower court must review whether Alabama’s legislature relied too heavily on race when it redistricted. The justices split 5-4.
Arizona: Arizona and Kansas have filed paperwork asking the U.S. Supreme Court to force federal elections officials to require residents of their states to prove their U.S. citizenship before registering to vote. According to the Associated Press, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission has until April 23 to respond.
Florida: Former Eatonville Mayor Bruce Mount has filed a civil complaint against the Orange County canvassing board challenging the results of town’s February election. In his suit, Mount is questioning the validity of 196 absentee votes.
Illinois: Emeka Jackson-Hicks, candidate for mayor in East St. Louis, has asked the Illinois Supreme Court to forbid the East St. Louis election board from mailing revised absentee ballots to anyone who had already received a ballot for the April 7 primary.
Kansas: Kansas and Arizona have filed paperwork asking the U.S. Supreme Court to force federal elections officials to require residents of their states to prove their U.S. citizenship before registering to vote. According to the Associated Press, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission has until April 23 to respond.
Massachusetts: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has settled a portion of a voting rights lawsuit that will see state officials automatically providing welfare recipients with voter registration cards.
New Hampshire: The House of Representatives has asked the state’s Supreme Court to review a bill requiring people registering to vote to also register their cars and obtain a New Hampshire driver’s license. The House voted 190-148 to seek the advisory opinion.
New Jersey: Middlesex County Superior Court Judge Heidi Currier ordered a new election for Perth Amboy city council citing at least 13 ballots that were illegally cast. The new election must be held within 45 to 50 days.
New York: Federal Judge Lawrence Kahn has ruled that Albany County violated the 1965 Voting Rights Act when it redistricted the county’s legislative districts in 2011. Kahn said that the redistricting plan diluted the voting strength of black voters in the county.
Also in New York, it seems that the race for Bloominburg trustee will be decided to by a court. After 23 of 41 absentee ballots were opened and counted, attorneys for one candidate said the election was tainted and all parties will appear in court on Monday. Last year’s mayoral election in Bloominburg was also decided in the courts.
Texas: The Texas Second Court of Appeals has denied an appeal to lower court’s ruling over a special election over red light cameras in Arlington.
Virginia: Judge Paul Sheridan ruled that he had no authority to order the Prince William County election board to hold a primary for GOP candidates who failed to file the proper paperwork on time. The candidates seeking the primary had sued saying a clerical error prevented them from filing for the election.
Washington: U.S. District Judge Thomas Rice has denied the city of Yakima’s motion for reconsidering in its voting rights case with the ACLU. The decision came just two days after the city filed for reconsideration. Officials now have 30-days to decide whether or not to appeal the ruling.
Wisconsin: This week, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to revisit Wisconsin’s voter ID law that will now be in effect following the upcoming April 7 elections.