Councilmember Cheh speaks out on Appeals Court ruling on Attorney General Election

Cheh legislation complies with order of the Court of Appeals

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals issued its decision in Zuckerberg v. D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics as to when the election for the District’s newly-elected Attorney General must be held. The D.C. Court of Appeals reversed the decision of D.C. Superior Court, holding that “an election must be held in 2014 unless it would not be practically possible for the Board of Elections and Ethics to do so under the applicable statutory and regulatory provisions.” The case has been remanded to D.C. Superior Court for further proceedings.


In December 2013, Councilmember Cheh introduced the “Attorney General Partisan Election Implementation Act,” which would allow for an election of the Attorney General in 2014 by permitting candidates for Attorney General to have their party preference appear on the ballot in conjunction with their name, thus eliminating the need for a party primary at this late stage.


“Given the ruling today by the D.C. Court of Appeals, the way forward in getting the District in the position to elect an Attorney General in the November election is for the Council to pass the legislation I introduced,” Councilmember Cheh said. “The bill has already had a public hearing, and in the interest of complying with the order of the Court of Appeals, I urge the Council to move expeditiously in passing this legislation.”


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