A federal district court judge denied today a request for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) that would have immediately stopped in-person registration in Fresno County. The judge accepted statements from the county that the current registration process is “no contact,” socially-distanced, and takes places outdoors.
The judge did not allow registrants an opportunity to dispute those statements in a reply brief. Nor did the judge make reference to the Executive Order issued by Governor Gavin Newson on May 8, 2020, encouraging remote registration.
“The court’s decision to deny our TRO request means that hundreds of individuals who have high risk factors such as age (65 and older), diabetes, chronic asthma and/or a suppressed immune system must register in person facing possible infection by COVID19 during the registration process,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “And if the registrants are infected, they could infect others including their family members, law enforcement and the public.”
A lawsuit was filed challenging the in-person registration requirements of both the County of Fresno and the City of Fresno on April 28, 2020,in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District. Despite today’s ruling on the TRO, the lawsuit disputing in-person registration will continue.