Suit filed in Tennessee seeks safeguards ahead of election

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A group claiming that electronic voting machines used in Tennessee’s largest county are not secure is suing to get the voting system replaced with paper ballots after the Nov. 6 election.

The suit filed in Memphis federal court Friday by Shelby County Advocates for Valid Elections names Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, state Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins, Shelby County Election Administrator Linda Phillips and other election officials as defendants.

The advocates group alleges the touchscreen voting machines used by Shelby County are insecure because they do not produce a voter-verifiable paper trail. The suit says requiring voters to use the machines violates their right to have their votes recorded fairly.

Defendants did not return calls seeking comment.

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