NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that resulted in Louisiana expanding early voting and mail balloting in last year’s presidential election.
But the suit remains alive in an appeals court. Voting rights advocates got what they wanted last fall when U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick ordered the expanded voting opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic.
Although the election is over, Republican state officials are still asking a New Orleans appeals court to say Dick’s September ruling was wrong.
The voting rights advocates say their lawsuit is now moot and should be dismissed. Dick ruled in their favor Thursday but the appeals court has yet to decide.