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San Diego County v. Bowen

Case Information

Date Filed: December 18, 2007
State: California
Issue: Voting Technology
Courts that Heard this Case: San Diego Superior Court (Case 37-2007-00084017-CU-WM-CTL); 4th Appellate District, Division 1 (Case D052375 )

Issue: Whether California Secretary of State Debra Bowen has the authority to require expanded election auditing procedures for counties using certain kinds of electronic voting machines.

Status: Complaint filed on 12/18/07. Court denied Plaintiffs request for writ of mandamus (Tentative Order, 1/17/08). Petition for writ of mandate filed Appellate Court on 1/25/08. Petition for writ denied 1/29/08.

Fourth Appellate Division

  • Petition for Writ of Mandate (filed 1/25/08)
  • Order denying petition for writ (filed 1/29/08)

San Diego Superior Court

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