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Daily Docket – August 30, 2023
These Indictments Are the Beginning, Not the End
By Christina Baal-Owens
Here are some recent updates.
- A redistricting lawsuit alleging that Michigan’s state House and Senate districts discriminate against Black voters will head to trial. The plaintiffs argue that the maps violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and the 14th Amendment.
- Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate (R) and other officials appealed a pro-voting decision — which allowed counties to provide election materials in languages other than English — to the Iowa Supreme Court.
- A federal judge rejected Louisiana Republicans’ request to cancel a hearing on Oct. 5 on new congressional districts. Louisiana was previously ordered to redraw its congressional map to contain two majority-Black districts. Litigation will continue.
- A federal judge ruled that Rudy Giuliani is liable for defaming two Georgia election workers, Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss, after the 2020 election by falsely accusing them of tampering with ballots.
- The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Senate Elections Committee began an allegedly unlawful reappointment process that may lead to the removal of the state’s top election official.
- Harris County, Texas leaders have dismantled the office of election administrator due to Senate Bill 1750, a recently enacted law. Election duties are now in the hands of the county clerk and tax assessor, both of which are elected positions.
- Lawyers representing failed Republican candidates Kari Lake, Abe Hamadeh and Mark Finchem have now all been sanctioned for their legal efforts to overturn the results of Arizona’s 2022 elections for governor, attorney general and secretary of state, respectively.