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2. Diebold Election Systems Inc. files a suit

Spurned bidder sues state over procedures

Voting machine deal challenged in court
Saturday, March 12, 2005
By Ed Anderson
Capital bureau

BATON ROUGE -- A national voting machine company that lost out on the right to bid on $47 million in state voting machine contracts went to court Friday, charging that Secretary of State Fox McKeithen's office used flawed procedures to choose the three companies allowed to bid on the state contracts.

Diebold Election Systems Inc. of McKinney, Texas, which has more than 75,000 voting machines in operation in the nation, filed suit against McKeithen's office in 19th Judicial District Court in East Baton Rouge Parish late Friday. A hearing on the lawsuit has not been set.


In the suit, Diebold attorney John Landis of New Orleans asks the court to prohibit McKeithen's office from enforcing the guidelines used in selecting three companies as prospective bidders while rejecting five others, including Diebold. Landis also asks the court to prohibit the office from seeking bids for at least 5,000 new machines.

The lawsuit also asks the court to declare invalid the standards and process McKeithen's office used in qualifying the three firms; to overturn the denial of Diebold's certification; to order McKeithen's office to reissue the standards used in selecting prospective bidders; and to declare Diebold's product as certified under the state administrative code.

The three firms approved are Advanced Voting Solutions of Frisco, Texas; Elections Systems and Software of Omaha, Neb.; and Sequoia Voting System of Oakland, Calif.

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