Three delegates from the North Carolina Republican Party (NC GOP) convention in Greensboro last month have filed a lawsuit against the party over the electronic voting process/procedure.
The allegations in the lawsuit follow the same lines as the complaints I previously wrote on, centering around two issues: the failure to ensure that only delegates physically present on the floor could vote, and the failure to conduct an election for vice-chair of the party.
The plaintiffs are asking for the Wake Superior Court to declare that the NC GOP violated it's rules and order the party to conduct a special election.
The rules for the convention stated that "delegates casting vote must be on the floor of the Convention at the time such vote is cast", but the custom app used for voting at the convention did not enforce this rule. The affidavits attached to the lawsuit contain evidence that both delegates and non-delegates were able to cast illegitimate votes using the app:
- Alison Dunlap: a guest, who was able to use the app to vote from off the convention floor
- Courtney Geels: delegate from Durham County, aware of votes cast from Wisconsin and Wilmington
- Jay DeLancy: a guest, after seeing a delegate who was locked out after leaving the floor to use the restroom, DeLancy encouraged him to successfully use the app to vote from off the floor
As I noted previously, all these examples appear to be individuals whose purpose was to prove the flaws in the voting process.
There was an additional layer of security not mentioned in the lawsuit: the app required log-in credentials which were provided to delegates when they registered to the convention. I didn't see anything in the affidavits about how the non-delegate(s) who voted were able to bypass this security precaution.
The lawsuit also takes major issue with the lack of election for the vice-chair position. When the election for party chair went long, it was announced that there was not a quorum sufficient to continue with the vote for vice-chair and the session was adjourned. After the convention the challenger for vice-chair, Addul Ali, withdrew his candidacy, and it was decided that the incumbent Susan Mills was would continue for another 2-year term without an election.
The plaintiffs take issue with this appointment, alleging that it is a violation of the "Party's Plan of Organization and the State Convention Rules".
The full complaint and associated documents can be found on the e-Courts system: link.
The plaintiffs are represented by James R. Lawrence III and Adam Banks of Envisage Law.