The California Supreme Court voted 5 to 2 today to strike down a preliminary injunction requiring Los Angeles County to deputize large numbers of employees as voting registrars.
The order had been obtained by Common Cause from Superior Court Judge Jack M. Newman and had been upheld by the Court of Appeal.
The Common Cause argument was that the voter outreach program in Los Angeles has the practical effect of under-registering the poor and racial minorities.
The cure, Newman held, was to order the county to make voting registrars out of large numbers of employees, such as welfare workers, who have frequent contact with minorities and the poor. The County Board of Supervisors resisted this method by appealing.