August Date Set in Suit Over California Primary Deadline

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — A federal judge has set an Aug. 18 hearing date in a lawsuit filed by a Bernie Sanders supporter seeking to extend California’s voter registration deadline ahead of the primary election.

Tuesday’s announcement by the U.S. District Court in San Francisco means the plaintiffs won’t get a hearing before California’s June 7 primary.

Attorney William Simpich argued in the filing that the process for unaffiliated voters to get a presidential primary ballot was too confusing. He says the secretary of state should have issued uniform instructions for counties.

He wanted the registration deadline extended to election day.

Simpich did not immediately return a call seeking comment Tuesday. Secretary of State Alex Padilla declined to comment on the case but says he’s trying to give voters as much information as possible.

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