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WHEELER TRIGG KENNEDY FILES LAWSUIT TO STOP COMPUTERIZED VOTING IN COLORADO
Paul Hultin, Andy Efaw, and Mike Williams of the Network firm Wheeler Trigg Kennedy, are representing pro bono a non-partisan and diverse group of Colorado voters who seek to protect the integrity of Colorado's elections. They filed a complaint on June 1, 2006 in Denver District Court challenging the Secretary of State's certification of certain Direct Recording Electronic ("DRE") computerized voting systems and asked the Court to prevent the use of these computerized voting systems in Colorado elections. "The computerized voting systems that the lawsuit challenges are easily hacked and present an unprecedented opportunity for election fraud," WTK attorney Paul Hultin said at a Thursday news conference. According to professors from Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Rice University and the University of Iowa, the DREs manufactured by Diebold Election Systems, Sequoia Voting Systems, ES&S, and Hart InterCivic have a well-documented history of problems with security, reliability, verifiability, and disability access. Named defendants are the Colorado Secretary of State and the boards of county commissioners from nine Colorado counties that are representative of the counties around the state planning to use the DREs. A copy of the complaint is available on www.voteraction.org. The Colorado voters' suit is being supported by Voter Action, a not-for-profit organization providing legal, research, and logistical support for grassroots efforts to ensure the integrity of elections in the United States. Voter Action supported successful litigation in New Mexico to block the purchase and use of DRE computerized voting systems in that state. Similar cases are pending in California and Arizona.