Lawsuit Seeks to Stop Electronic Voting System

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An Austin civil rights group has filed a lawsuit claiming Travis County's electronic voting system violates state law because it doesn't produce paper ballots.

The lawsuit names Secretary of State Roger Williams and Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir. It seeks to block the county from using the system in upcoming elections.

The Texas Civil Rights Project filed the lawsuit in state District Court yesterday.

Travis County began using the eSlate voting system in 2002.

DeBeauvoir defended the system, saying it's accurate and secure.

The lawsuit argues that voters have no way of knowing whether the vote they cast is recorded or stored correctly by the electronic system. It also claims electronic systems are prone to fraud and mistakes.

A spokesman for the Secretary of State says the eSlate system was tested thoroughly before it was certified by state and federal officials.