On March 31, DC Appleseed joined DC Vote and several other organizations and individuals in filing an amicus curiae brief in the D.C. Court of Appeals to support Paul Zukerberg’s challenge to the District canceling the 2014 Attorney General election. The Court granted Mr. Zukerberg’s motion for expedited appeal and has scheduled oral argument for May 29.
In their brief, amici make three arguments: (1) that the D.C. Superior Court erred by examining the Charter Amendment’s “after January 1, 2014” language in total isolation, divorced from its context, purpose, and history; (2) that the Charter Amendment’s language must be interpreted consistently with the voters’ intent in the 2010 referendum that the first election occur in 2014; and (3) that the Council’s decision to delay the election is not entitled to deference. Amici also note that there is time for the Court to order the Council to put the election back on track for this year.
In addition to DC Appleseed and DC Vote, amici included D.C. for Democracy, the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington, and the D.C. Statehood Delegation–Senators Paul Strauss and Michael D. Brown, and Representative Nate Bennett-Fleming. DC Appleseed is being represented by Latham & Watkins LLP on a pro bono basis.
Read the amicus curiae brief here.