The Census Case Sanctions Litigation Might Be Getting A Little Hotter: House Democrats released a report this week on what their probe into the census citizenship question found. The report included previously undisclosed communications that more directly tied the now-deceased GOP gerrymandering expert Thomas Hofeller to the effort to add the question, which was halted by the Supreme Court earlier this year. While the Supreme Court already found that the rationale Hofeller apparently helped craft was bogus, the new evidence might be of interest to the trial court judge currently considering sanctions against the Trump administration for obscuring in the litigation Hofeller’s role in getting the question added. I’ll be on the look out for whether the legal challengers to the question who are currently requesting sanctions flag these newly released communications for the judge.
New Hampshire Student Voting Rights Case To Advance To Trial: A state court judge declined to fully dismiss the lawsuit brought against New Hampshire over a new GOP law that makes it more burdensome for students to vote. The judge did dismiss some of the counts in the lawsuit, but not all of the counts, as the state requested. That means the case — which centers on how the state changed its residency law to trigger new requirements for college students seeking to register to vote — will go to trial next month.
Georgia The Latest State Targeted In Democrats’ Voting Rights Legal Blitz: Democrats added another lawsuit to their list of voting rights challenges they’re filing ahead of 2020. The new lawsuit seeks that a federal court order the state to speed up its process of notifying absentee voters if there are issues on their ballots that prompt their rejection. In 2018, one in every five of the absentee ballot rejections happened in Gwinnett County, a majority minority county in the state, which the Democrats attributed to the county’s strict requirements. The lawsuit also alleges that voters are not being given enough time to fix the issues causing the ballot rejections.
Voter Purge Plans In Georgia Attract Scrutiny: Georgia is also attracting criticism for its plan to purge some 300,00 voters from its rolls next month. For the first time the state — following the example of Ohio — released a list of the voters who they plan to purge, including those targeted for not voting in recent election cycles, so those on the list who are still eligible voters can confirm their registrations. Among the critics:
- The ACLU says it found 70 people on the list who voted in 2018 (though an analysis by the Atlantic Journal Constitution suggested those voters were being purged because they moved).
- The League of Women Voters flagged potential legal issues with Georgia’s approach.
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