US federal court terminates Republican-Democrat consent decree on ‘ballot security’

A US federal judge on Monday terminateda consent decree  requiring the Republican National Committee (RNC) to get court approval for any “ballot security” measures it planned to implement.

Judge John Michael Vazquez of the US District Court for the District of New Jersey  found that the DNC had failed to prove [opinion, PDF] that the RNC had violated the consent decree prior to December 1, 2017. In November, Vazquez had declined  to extend the decree for another eight years, finding instead that the December 1, 2017, deadline imposed by the court[order, PDF] in 2009 would become effective absent further proof from the DNC. On Monday, Vazquez confirmed that no such violation had been proven by a preponderance of the evidence, and thus terminated the consent decree in line with the 2009 order.

As carried in jurist

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