Court hearing

NJ Federal Court Hearing on ESS-Premier Merger

Tue, 09/29/2009 - 10:00am

Judge to Consider Blocking Merger of Two Voting Machine Makers

A New Jersey federal judge will hold a hearing today to decide whether to block the merger of the nation's two largest vote counting companies.

Jonathan Rubin, a Washington-based Patton Boggs partner who represents Hart InterCivic Inc., a smaller voting-machine maker, has asked Judge Robert Kugler of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey to issue a temporary restraining order, alleging that the merger of the voting division of Ohio-based Diebold and Election Systems & Software poses a "threat of irreparable harm" to voters.

The combination of the two voting-machine giants would give ES&S control of election systems used in nearly 70 percent of the country's voting precincts.


Ballot Destruction Hearing, Pima AZ

Fri, 08/28/2009 - 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Hearing to Determine Fate of Ballots in Pima Election Fraud Case
Plaintiffs Seek Stay Order to Preserve Ballots During Appeal

If you are in the Tuscon area, please come and rally friends to attend too.

Friday, August 28th,  2:30 pm

Pima County Superior Court
110 West Congress,
4th floor, room 472

Tuscon, AZ
Judge Harrington presiding

The Hearing topic is the Pima County Republican Party's Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings.  The lawsuit is Beth Ford v. Democratic Party of Pima County that also includes the Libertarian and Republican Parties.  In this Declaratory Judgment action, Beth Ford, the Pima County treasurer and custodian of the RTA ballots, has asked the court for "direction" as to whether she is required to destroy the RTA ballots.

The Democratic Party, through their attorney Bill Risner, and the Libertarian Party, will ask the judge to "stay" his order until we appeal his earlier decision in which he claimed that Arizona courts did not have subject matter jurisdiction to consider allegations of fraud in any election.  Basically, the only issue that will be of interest is the decision on the stay question.  The legal issue is extremely important but will be moot if the ballots are destroyed.

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