Lindy Blanchard sues Alabama officials over use of electronic voting machines
Lindy Blanchard, who lost her bid for the Republican gubernatorial nomination on Tuesday, has sued state officials for using electronic voting machines, saying the machines are vulnerable to manipulation and that their use violates the due process rights of voters.
Blanchard filed the lawsuit in Montgomery County Circuit Court on May 19.
(You can read the trial at the end of this story.)
Blanchard is asking the court to stop Alabama from using electronic machines in the November general election. She asked the court to require the state to count the ballots by hand according to a process set out in the lawsuit.
State Representative Tommy Hanes, a Republican from Bryant in northern Alabama, joined Blanchard as a plaintiff in the case. The lawsuit names as defendants Secretary of State John Merrill, the state’s top election official. Five officials are also named as defendants, members of the Alabama Electronic Voting Committee, a group created by the Legislative Assembly to evaluate and certify voting systems.
“Electronic voting machines cannot be reliably considered secure and do not meet constitutional and statutory mandates to ensure a free and fair election,” the lawsuit alleges.
Blanchard served as Ambassador to Slovenia during the Trump administration. She finished second to Governor Kay Ivey in the field of nine candidates for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, receiving 19% of the vote.
Merrill said today in response to the lawsuit: “We are confident that our elections are safe, secure, transparent and fully accountable. And not only do we know it, but the people of Alabama know it.
Blanchard is represented by Montgomery attorney Melissa Isaak and Minnesota attorney Andrew D. Parker, who is also an attorney for My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell.
Lindell made unsubstantiated claims about electronically altered votes in the 2020 presidential election and was sued by Dominion Voting Systems for his claims.
Last year, Lindell claimed 100,000 votes in Alabama were reversed from Donald Trump to Joe Biden in the 2020 election. Merrill said at the time that Lindell’s claims were false.
“We had no change in votes. Zero. It is not possible to change a vote,” Merrill said.