SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) — Four voting groups are suing California government officials, alleging violation of federal law.
The League of Women Voters of California, Acce Institute, California Common Cause and National Council of La Raza filed a complaint May 9 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Transportation Secretary Brian P. Kelly, Motor Vehicles Director Jean Shiomoto and California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, alleging they violated and continue to violate the 1993 National Voter Registration Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs were damaged from being forced to expend their resources to provide assistance to California citizens. The plaintiffs allege the defendants allegedly refused to provide NVRA-compliant voter registration services to citizens of the state.
The plaintiffs seek to permanently enjoin the defendants, direct the defendants to take all appropriate measures necessary to remedy the harm caused by their non-compliance of the NVRA, ensure the ongoing compliance with NVRA requirements, court costs and attorneys fees, plus all relief the court deems just and proper. They are represented by attorneys Michael A. Jacobs and Jeremiah M. Levine of Morrison & Foerster LLP in San Francisco, by Stuart Naifah of Demos in New York, and by Michael Risher and Lori Shellenberger of the ACLU Foundation of Northern California.
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Case number 3:17-cv-02665-LB