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Reply #17: Wilms, I was present at every day of the proceedings on that suit. Yes it was pretty much tossed. [View All]

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demodonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 06:40 PM
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17. Wilms, I was present at every day of the proceedings on that suit. Yes it was pretty much tossed.
Edited on Tue Apr-13-10 06:48 PM by demodonkey

Wilms I am getting ready for meetings and running for re-election to State Committee here on the cause of election integrity, so I do NOT have time to get into a long harangue over this thread.

I will jump in and simply say that I was there when this particular case was argued in Pittsburgh. The judge emphatically refused to issue any injunction which would have stopped the installation of the DREs whether they were on their way or not (i.e. it would have saved the levers, at least for a time.) He then ruled that the case would be unlikely to succeed on its merits if it proceeded. He pretty much didn't buy ANY of the arguments about security, disability access, constitutionality, or whatever.

So yes technically the plaintiffs dropped this case, but believe me if you had heard the comments and rulings of the judge, "tossed by the judge" is much more accurate.

I don't think there are any jurisdictions moving to switch to DREs. Probably because counties that have paper-based systems generally like them, and scanners last longer than DREs. The scanners bought in 2006 generally don't need replacing right now, but some of the DREs are getting a little long in the tooth already.

As I said I am too busy right now for long discourse. Back to work.

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