The Attorney General’s office has filed a motion to intervene in a case that calls into question several years of the D.C. Board of Elections’ actions.
Last week, a D.C. Superior Court judge ruled that BOE’s approval last summer of language for a $15-an-hour minimum wage ballot initiative was invalid because several of the members’ terms had expired. Proponents of the initiative had expected the judge to rule in their favor; the lawsuit was the last big hurdle before they could begin collecting signatures to get the measure on the November 2016 ballot.
The judge who made the decision acknowledged that labeling the terms invalid from the bench could have a snowball effect, casting doubt on all decisions those expired term members made, from approving a pot legalization initiative to the overseeing the elections of councilmembers and Mayor Muriel Bowser.
The Office of the Attorney General filed a motion of intervention earlier today. If approved by the judge, it would allow OAG to represent the District’s interests in the case, essentially adding a broader focus to the decision and how it affects the public interest.
“The citizens of the District of Columbia have an undeniable interest in the disposition of this dispute, not only for the opportunity to vote on the Initiative Measure but to ensure that the Board’s business may continue uninterrupted and without the cloud of doubt a ruling in plaintiff’s favor might create,” the motion states. “And a ruling that the Board was improperly constituted when it accepted Initiative Measure No. 76 has potential to ripple far beyond this lawsuit.”
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