Judge Cites “Profound” Lack Of Evidence In Dismissing Election Case

A lawsuit filed by failed District 2 Supervisor Candidate Laura Hobbs has been dismissed. Allen Long won 50.13% of the vote in March, meaning he avoided a runoff by getting more than half the ballots cast. Hobbs came in second in the four-way race with just over 19%. There were allegations of various misdeeds, but Hobbs attorneys mostly focused on what they said was an error in not using the Secretary of State’s randomized alphabet, which placed Long’s name above Hobbs name on the ballot. There was apparently a randomized process, it just wasn’t the one designated by the state. In throwing the case out, Judge Stephen Baker said Hobbs had a “profound” lack of evidence or expert witnesses for her case. He also scolded Hobbs’ lawyers for their “undignified and accusatory” questioning of Acting Registrar Joanna Francescut during hours of cross-examination.

-Steve Gibson