First eVoting Lawsuit by a Candidate


Linda Soubirous lost the March 2004 race for a seat on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors by 45 votes. She requested a recount and asked for 44 pieces of information pertaining to the recount, including the audit logs, the redundant memory stored in the machines, the results of "logic and accuracy" tests, and the chain-of-custody records for the system components. The Riverside Registrar of Voters, Mischelle Townsend refused to give the additional information saying it was "irrelevant." Now Soubirous is suing Townsend. I hope the Utah Voting Equipment Selection Committee is paying attention. I think that this suit is only the first of many if voting equipment is not selected in accordance with the highest possible standards (something the current RFP falls far short of).