Third District county Supervisor Doreen Farr is trying to block an attempt to put her and students from the UCSB Campus Democrats onto the witness stand in a hearing forced by her opponent in the Nov. 4 election.
The election contest filed by former 3rd District candidate Steve Pappas was scheduled to resume Wednesday morning, March 11, before Superior Court Judge William McLafferty in Santa Barbara.
Pappas has alleged numerous counts of voter fraud and has said that mistakes on voter registration cards should disqualify substantial numbers of votes.
He has focused on 18 pre-cincts in the UCSB and Isla Vista area because he found the number of voters who registered there between Sept. 26 to Oct. 20 to be suspect, he has said.
But Farr’s attorneys now say that without evidence of voter fraud, questioning Farr or students in the Campus Democrats would be harassment, and they filed a motion to that effect Monday.
In the motion, which was scheduled to be heard Wednesday, Farr alleges that because Pappas has issued subpoenas only for herself and the Campus Democrats — not any of the other student groups that held registration drives — his motive is personal and political.
Pappas’ attorney Jeffrey Lake previously has maintained that the priority has always been “preserving the integrity of the election process,” regardless of what others have claimed.
Lake and Pappas did not return requests for comments Tuesday.
Unless Pappas can make a show evidence that the Campus Democrats have knowledge of some illegal voting affecting the outcome of the election, they cannot be called to testify, Farr’s motion contends.
Farr was declared the winner by a margin of 806 votes out of 35,524 cast, and she has been seated as the 3rd District county supervisor, which makes it doubly necessary to have “direct personal factual informa-tion” pertaining to the case, her attorneys argued in the motion.
“It’s time for Mr. Pappas to admit he lost and stop trying to turn this case from an election contest into some sort of political show,” said Phil Seymour, Farr’s co-counsel, in a letter sent to her supporters.
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