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Two registered sex offenders and the Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws have dropped their lawsuit contesting a Los Angeles County policy prohibiting all registrants from acting as polling officers.

The Los Angeles Supreme Court complaint filed in May 2018 alleged that Los Angeles County policies were prohibited by law and violated the equality clauses of the state and federal constitutions.

Plaintiffs' attorneys filed court files with Judge Teresa Beaudet on August 21, demanding that the case be dismissed "with bias," meaning it cannot be re-filed later. The court records did not disclose whether an agreement was reached or whether the case will not be pursued for other reasons.

The two individual plaintiffs live in Los Angeles County and wanted to serve as election workers, the lawsuit said. The other plaintiff, ACSOL, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to restoring the civil rights of registrants of sex offenders through litigation, legislation and education.

Although Los Angeles County and Orange Counties prohibit all registered sex offenders from serving as polling officers, several counties, including Riverside, Sacramento, and San Diego, are not doing so, according to the lawsuit, as there is no state law prohibiting registrants from serving as polling workers .

The state's Megan's Law website identifies more than 13,000 registered sex offenders – including those convicted of non-contact, non-violent offenses – in Los Angeles County. Everyone is forbidden to work as an election worker, the lawsuit says.

Sex offenders fall suit looking for work as L.A. County Poll Workers was last changed: September 1, 2020 by Contributing Editor

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