Lawsuit Filed After Passage of Voter ID Amendment

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( – Back in March, Huntington Beach passed a voter ID amendment which California officials are arguing is going against the state’s laws. The amendment was passed with the greater number of residents supporting it.

California Secretary of State Shirley N. Weber, and Rob Bonta, the California Attorney General brought forward the legal challenge against Measure A, which would amend the voter ID requirements in the city’s charter and would start being implemented in 2026.

Weber and Bonta argued in their lawsuit that this new voter ID law had created an unlawful conflict with the state law. Bonta in a statement specifically pointed out that one of the foundations of the country’s democracy is the ability of the people to freely cast their votes. He argued that the policy was going completely against that principle.

He continued by arguing that the state elections contained a voter ID requirement that would ultimately would have a disproportionally negative effect on people such as voters of color, young and older voters, those dealing with disability, and low-income voters.

The new measure was included on the March ballot. Prior to including it, the City Council had taken a number of decisions that were greatly contested. These included a variety of topics such as removing books from the public children’s library section depending on the content of the material. The moves were first initiated after 2022 when a conservative council majority took over the city council.

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