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Sanders Supporters Sue to Extend Calif. Voter Registration

Bernie Sander’s supporters are set to sue the state of California in order to extend the state’s voter registration until June 7.

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

The Hill reports:

The suit alleges that there is confusion over the rules for the presidential primary and requests that voter registration be extended until June 7. May 31 is the current deadline to request a ballot by mail.

In the state’s presidential primary, the parties control the contests. The Democratic primary has been opened up to voters who have “no party preference,” but the lawsuit says that isn’t being made clear to all voters.

“There’s mass confusion,” Simpich said in an interview on Saturday night with the Los Angeles Times. “This is a situation that really shouts out for some uniformity.”

The Republican presidential primary is not open to unaffiliated voters.

The lawsuit plaintiffs are two Bay area voters, the American Independent Party and the Voting Rights Defense Project, which is an “organization campaigning to heighten voter education and voter turnout for their candidate, Bernie Sanders.”

The suit is centered around whether unaffiliated voters who want to cast ballots by mail know they can get ballots from the Democratic Party, the Libertarian Party and California’s American Independent Party.

A recent poll by Political Data Inc. found that a small percentage of voters with no party preference had asked for a ballot with presidential candidates.

California does not yet have same-day registration but plans to vote on that system in 2018, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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