California’s new lawsuit is a game changer in the fight over voter-image requirements

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by David P. Greisman

“A great victory has been won in our fight to have the vote counted,” said Michael R. Bromwich, the California attorney general, who represents the county of Orange, California, which is being sued for a recount. He called it a “game changer” in the battle over voting fraud in Florida.

The California attorney general’s office filed the lawsuit March 23, but it is only the second such case in the nation, after the state of Missouri. It is in many ways a replay of the Florida-based case — except that there is no one-party effort to tamper with elections in California.

California has a long history of voter suppression. In 2000, the state’s Supreme Court invalidated a photo ID law that was intended to prevent noncitizens from voting when they presented themselves at the polls.

A federal court overturned that ruling. Four years later, in 2004, the state enacted voter-ID legislation, which is still in place. Now, California has become a battleground for the fight over ballot-image requirements, which is being waged in seven states and Washington, D.C.

On Tuesday, the California Supreme Court heard arguments in that case, and the justices are expected to rule within two weeks. If the rule is made applicable to California’s presidential election, an even more fundamental test of ballot integrity will be presented to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The new litigation is a result of the California attorney general’s office’s efforts to enforce the state’s recently approved voting-integrity law. On January 5, the office filed a lawsuit, alleging that a number of counties in California have failed to implement the requirement that candidates file their ballots using optical scan machines, which produce a scan of each ballot without changing the paper.

In response, the state attorney general’s office filed a lawsuit against seven counties in Florida, including Orange, that have not allowed the Florida officials to

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