California counties can ignore election laws

In the partnership between state and county governments that underwrites California’s elections every two years, one of the partners has racked up a sizable IOU.

Yes, it’s the state. And the running tab is almost $76 million.

Whether that tab gets paid off, or keeps growing, is an open question. In the meantime, the unpaid bill means local officials can legally refuse to follow a half-dozen election laws.

Small ones? Hardly. They could refuse to provide absentee ballots to anyone who wants one. Or perhaps even more provocative in the current election-integrity climate, they could refuse to use long-standing legal rules when asked to verify a voter’s signature on a provisional ballot. No money, no mandated services.

Read the whole story in the LA Times


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