Bernie Sanders Supporters Sue To Extend Voter Registration In California


Supporters of Bernie Sanders have filed a lawsuit seeking an extension for voter registration in California, alleging widespread confusion over the state’s presidential primary rules.

William Simpich, an Oakland civil rights attorney who filed the lawsuit Friday, said, “Mistakes are being made.”

The Los Angeles Times reports:

At issue is whether voters understand the rules for the presidential primary, which differ from those governing other elections in California.

Unlike statewide primaries — where voters now choose any candidate, no matter the political party — the presidential contests are controlled by the parties themselves. Democrats have opened up their primary between Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to voters that have no political affiliation, known in California as having “no party preference.”

But the lawsuit alleges elections officials in some of California’s 58 counties aren’t making that clear to these unaffiliated voters.

“There’s mass confusion,” Simpich said. “This is a situation that really shouts out for some uniformity.”

The lawsuit calls for a public awareness campaign about voting rules. To be sure unregistered Californians aren’t disenfranchised in the presidential contest, the lawsuit requests that voter registration be extended from its deadline on Monday until June 7, the day of the election, according to the Times.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of two Bay Area voters and the American Independent Party.

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