Steve Pappas, a candidate for Santa Barbara County’s 3rd District Supervisor seat, filed a lawsuit in Santa Barbara Superior Court contesting the Nov. 3 election.
Pappas lost to Doreen Farr by 806 votes out of 35,621, according to results certified by the county clerk. But according to a press release sent out New Year’s Eve, Pappas’s team “found conclusive evidence” that 600 registration cards were illegal. Missed deadlines and improper or invalid registering and filing techniques were some of Pappas’s allegations.
Pappas also claims the county made errors in accepting registration forms within the deadline, failing to properly verify the identification and eligibility of voters and allowing first-time federal voters to vote without providing proper identification. Moreover, the county allegedly mailed absentee ballots to voters who were not registered as permanent absentee voters, Pappas said.
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