Apparently, Don Sumner and the Tax Assessor-Collector’s office has been purging v0ters, and, according to LULAC, more Latinos and African Americans than any other demographic group. Read the lawsuit here.
The suit alleges the county has violated the Voting Rights Act, the National Voter Registration Act and the plaintiffs’ Constitutional rights, and claims Sumners’ office has not followed the terms of a 2009 settlement of a previous lawsuit brought against the county’s voter registration processes by the Democratic Party.
The suit also claims minorities were disproportionately impacted by a recent effort by Sumners’ office, at the direction of the Secretary of State, to purge presumed dead voters from the rolls using Social Security Administration data. Sumners has announced he will delay that purge until after the Nov. 6 election.
Obviously, something on which to keep an eye. The County Attorneys office in charge of defending any lawsuit against the County. The County Attorney is a Democrat. This isn’t about Democrat vs Republican, though. It’s about protecting voters.
Michael Li has more.