VII. Legal Updates
Indiana: In a court filing this week, Attorney General Curtis Hill said an agreement that Common Cause Indiana and the Indianapolis NAACP reached with Marion County over the location of early voting sites is contrary to Indiana law and the public interest. Secretary of State Connie Lawson has come out in opposition to Hill’s filing.
Iowa: The Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on August 9 on whether a lower court acted properly in blocking provisions of the state’s voter ID law.
North Carolina: U.S. District Court Judge Loretta Biggs ruled that elections officials in Cumberland, Moore and Beaufort counties may not purge their voter rolls before the 2018 general election. Biggs also ordered the state board to ensure that all 100 county BOEs must comply with the National Voter Registration Act.
North Dakota: The state Supreme Court has ordered a recount in the race for secretary of state. Libertarian candidate Roland Riemers requested a recount after he fell 53 votes short of making the November ballot. Secretary of State Al Jaeger denied the recount, but the state’s high court said Riemers is entitled to an automatic recount under the “plain language of state law.”
Texas: In a court filing this week, opponents of Texas’ voter ID law told U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos that the case is settled and they would not pursue any other remedies or changes to the law that was first challenged in 2011. According to the Texas Tribune, because neither party in the case asked for rehearing or attempted to kick it up to U.S. Supreme Court, “the substantive merits and remedy phases of this long-standing case are over.”