An elections contest has been filed in Santa Barbara County (Calif) which -- if it succeeds -- would open the door for harassment, mass disenfranchisement, and election tampering using poison pills.
After the election is canvassed and certified, candidates have the option to file a contest if they believe they can prove that something improper happened. The Santa Barbara lawsuit illustrates an issue that appears to be unique to the USA -- we rarely hear of this issue in Canada, or England, or Scandinavia. Our voter lists are simply too fluid and too easily manipulated, with cumbersome and somewhat impractical checks and balances in some areas, and missing safeguards in others. This results in both improper purging of voters and as alleged in this lawsuit, can result in improper acceptance of ineligible votes.
To see more details on the lawsuit, go to the full article at BlackBoxVoting.org:
In a nutshell:
(2) This lawsuit illustrates how the Help America Vote Act can be used against voters. This kind of litigation imposes what is probably an unsustainable burden of diligence on poll workers and election officials to research every voter registration and voter who shows up to vote.
(3) This lawsuit alleges "potentially" improper registrations. We don't want ineligible people voting, but we certainly don't want registering to vote to cause voter intimidation through personal investigations or harassment.
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