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Suit Filed Against Voting Machine Vendors

The Denver law firm Wheeler Trigg Kennedy LLP is representing a group to halt the use of computerized voting systems in elections.

The lawyers, which call the systems "unreliable," plan to file a complaint June 1 against the Secretary of State and several Colorado counties. Lawyers from Lowell Finley are also working on the case, which will be filed in Denver District Court.

The lawyers say they represent a "diverse nonpartisan group of Colorado voters seeking to protect the integrity and purity of elections." The legal action seeks to block the purchase or use of Diebold, Sequoia, ES&S, and Hart InterCivic touch-screen computerized voting systems. The lawyers say the systems have a well-documented history of problems with security, reliability, verifiability, and disability access.

Named defendants in the complaint include Colorado Secretary of State Gigi Dennis and the boards of county commissioners of Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Douglas, Jefferson, La Plata, Larimer and Weld counties.

The Colorado suit is being supported by Voter Action, a nonprofit that provides legal, research, and logistical support for grassroots efforts surrounding elections. Voter Action is supporting similar efforts in Arizona, California, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, and other states.

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