County unlikely to collect in voting machine case

Matt Assad The Morning Call Jan 24 2009

Northampton can't reach firm that sold faulty equipment.

Sitting in a storeroom at Northampton County's voter registration office are 600 worthless voting machines the county paid $2.1 million to get.

The good news is last month the county won a default judgment against the company that sold the faulty machines. The bad new is it's unlikely the county will collect a cent from Advanced Voting Solutions Inc. of Frisco, Texas.

''We can't find them,'' said assistant county solicitor Christopher Spadoni. ''They don't answer mail, they don't answer phones and they haven't responded to our suit. They're gone. Fade to black.''

Spadoni sued Advanced Voting Systems in Northampton County Court to recover $1.9 million in damages because the machines were decertified after being used just three times. The company has not responded to any of the court filings, and the county was awarded a default judgment last month, Spadoni said.

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