Judge weighs lawsuit over Ohio voting machines

ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS AP Legal Affairs Writer Published:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A judge is hearing a complaint alleging that voting equipment in some Ohio counties raises the possibility of ballots being altered after they are cast.

A federal lawsuit against Ohio's elections chief and Omaha, Neb.-based Election Systems and Software alleges that software installed by the state could allow vote manipulation by non-election board officials.

Federal judge Gregory Frost scheduled a hearing Tuesday morning over the lawsuit filed a day earlier by a longtime Ohio elections activist.

The lawsuit asks Frost to order Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) not to use ES&S hardware or software Tuesday and to break state contracts with ES&S for equipment to be used this year.

Husted's office labels the lawsuit ridiculous and says the equipment allows faster transmission of results.