less than three months remaining until Election Day, a lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania seeks to prevent counties in the state from using “paperless” electronic
advocates say they filed the lawsuit because such systems provide no paper
record to use for any potential recounts, audits or other problems.
lawsuit asks the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court to decertify machines used in
57 of the state’s 67 counties, The
Associated Press reported. The advocacy group, dubbed Voter Action,
would prefer to see voters fill in bubbles on paper forms that are tabulated in
counties not affected by the suit use optical scanning systems.
alleges that the state’s election code and constitution are being violated by
certifying paperless electronic voting machines.
Pennsylvania isn’t the only state this year to
have a lawsuit filed challenging voting methods. A similar suit helped force New Mexico to go to optical scan ballots earlier this year. Other suits involving
paper-based voting systems have been filed in Arizona, California and Colorado with legal action soon planned for Ohio.
official with the Pennsylvania Department of State said she doubts the validity
of the legal challenge. Leslie Amoros, an agency spokeswoman, told The AP the systems have been certified and
can reconstruct votes based on computer images.
plaintiffs don’t buy it. They claim votes have been lost several times because
of computer glitches most recently in Allegheny and Centre counties during the
May primary. They point out that other problems could be going undetected.
Finley, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said more voting problems are likely on
the court acts quickly to prevent it, many Pennsylvania counties are headed for
serious problems in the November election,” Finley said in a written statement.