Last updated on: 9/5/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Paul R. Lehto, JD Biography

Title:
Attorney at Law
Position:
Con to the question "Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?"
Reasoning:

“We’re now in an age of vote counting done by corporate trade secret software. This makes elections the secret, private property of the corporation chosen by the government officials who ‘won’ the last election. With this secret vote counting, nobody can prove the totals correct, and the public can’t even peek… Demonstrations on Diebold voting machines earlier this year indicate that all classes of electronic voting can be hacked without detection.”

“The Jesse James Principle: Verifiable Ballot Counts Would Stop Freefall of Public Confidence,” Real Change News, June 1, 2006

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to electronic voting machine issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to electronic voting machine issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Attorney at Law, specializing in election law, business law, and consumer fraud
  • Filed lawsuit alleging election fraud in San Diego County, California and Whitely County, Kentucky, 2006
  • Sued Sequoia Voting Systems and Snohomish County, Washington over the fact that votes tabulated on electronic voting machines are not counted in public view, as required by Washington State law, 2005
  • Conducted study on election irregularities in Snohomish County, Washington, 2004
  • Official election monitor of the U.S. Presidential election, 2004
  • “Rising Star,” Washington State Law and Politics magazine, 2003-2004
  • Board of Governors, Washington State Bar Association, 2001-2003
Education:
  • JD, Seattle University School of Law, 1995
  • BA, Northern Michigan University
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is the Practice of Electronic Voting Machine "Sleepovers" Appropriate?