Appeal filed before the North Carolina Supreme Court on behalf of the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP cites insecurity and health risk of touch screen voting machines during a pandemic. 

Raleigh, NC (September 4, 2020) – Voting rights advocates filed an appeal in the Supreme Court of North Carolina today, alleging imminent risk to voters’ right to free elections and equal protection under the laws if they are required to vote on the ExpressVote touch screen ballot marking device this November.

“The public interest in this appeal is indisputable,” the appeal states. “It will determine whether millions of North Carolina voters are given the opportunity in November to vote in a verifiable and secure manner, and without unnecessary risk to their lives and health.”

The appeal comes in a case filed in April challenging the new electronic voting system that Mecklenburg County and a number of other North Carolina counties rushed to implement for the 2020 elections.  The suit alleges the new system is vulnerable to security threats and its results are unverifiable, in violation of the North Carolina Constitution’s guarantees of free and fair elections and equal protection of the law.  The suit also alleges that the repeat touch screen devices can serve as vectors for spreading the COVID-19 disease during the pandemic, presenting an additional unconstitutional burden on voters.  The North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP and individual North Carolina voters are bringing the lawsuit.  They are represented by Free Speech For People, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the law firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP.

Read the appeal here.


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