A federal judge in San Jose says he may decide to postpone CaliforniaÂ´s October recall vote. U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel heard from civil rights groups earlier today. They argued that the quick election is forcing changes in the voting process that require federal approval. Under the federal Voting Rights Act, any changes in the voting process must be pre-cleared by the Justice Department in places like Monterey County that have a history of low voter turnout.
Fogel set a hearing for August 29th. He suggested he may delay the election at that hearing if federal approval hasnÂ´t happened by then.
Also today, Fogel ordered Monterey County not to mail out its overseas ballots until the issues are resolved.