California sues Huntington Beach for voter-approved ID requirement for elections

(The Center Square) – California Attorney General Rob Bonta and Secretary of State Shirley Weber filed a lawsuit against the City of Huntington Beach over its voter-approved ID requirement for voting in city elections starting in 2026. 

While Bonta alleges the city’s requirement violates state election law because the city tends to consolidate its elections with federal and state elections, city lawyers say the legislature’s ongoing attempt to pass a state law banning local voter ID requirements demonstrates such a law does not exist. 

The voter ID measure, approved by 53.4% of city voters in the March 5, 2024 election, requires voters to prove they are citizens, 18 or older, and residents by showing government-issued identification. The ballot measure also approved proposals to require the city to monitor ballot drop boxes and provide more handicapped accessible polling locations. 

Bonta has also warned drop box monitoring could go against state law banning video
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