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California is challenging the legality of Huntington Beach’s voter ID measure

California’s attorney general on Monday announced a lawsuit filed by the state challenging the legality of a voter ID measure recently approved by Huntington Beach residents.

“The right to vote freely is the foundation of our democracy and Huntington Beach’s voter ID policy goes against this principle,” Bonta said in a statement.

The measure was narrowly approved by voters during the March primary, which amended the city charter to allow the implementation of a requirement for voters to identify themselves when casting their ballots in person.

Bonta and California Secretary of State Shirley Weber believe cities cannot impose local ordinances that conflict with state law. They also say election integrity and voting rights protections are “matters of statewide concern.”

“This voter ID measure violates state law,” a statement from Weber said. “It’s not just a solution in search of a problem, laws like these are harmful to California voters, especially low-income people, the elderly, people of color, people with disabilities and young voters.”

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In response to a request for comment, Huntington Beach city officials issued a lengthy statement.

“The Attorney General’s press release that the city’s voter ID requirements violate state law is inconsistent with, and even in direct conflict with, Senator David Min’s new bill that seeks to make Huntington Beach’s voter ID illegal to make. That glaring inconsistency speaks volumes,” the statement said. . “The City of Huntington Beach’s voter ID card and other election measures approved by voters on March 5 to increase voter participation by requiring at least 20 additional in-person polling places and monitoring of ballot drop boxes are not only permitted, but also the authority of the city is granted. for them in the California Constitution, Article XI, Section 5(b), for local elections.”

The measure would only come into effect at the 2026 elections.

“The people of Huntington Beach have made their voices heard clearly on this issue and the people’s decision on the March 5 election integrity ballot measures is final. To this end, the city will vigorously uphold and defend the will of the people,” the city spokesperson said. statement concluded.

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