Despite protests from a psychiatrist, Del Mar will be allowed to proceed with an online poll of local registered voters, an act city officials say does not constitute an election and thus is exempt from state laws prohibiting online voting. … Dr. Edward Mohns, however, sued the city and San Diego–based Everyone Counts Inc., the company that received the contract to set up and monitor the poll on January 29, arguing that the system “has not been certified by the California Secretary of State.” The courts acted swiftly, ruling the next day that Mohns’s request for an injunction could not go through because he could not demonstrate that he would specifically be harmed from the poll-taking.
Del Mar seems to admit that it was on somewhat shaky ground, according to the complaint from Mohns, which argues that the city “agreed that what it had heretofore consistently referred to as an ‘advisory election’ should instead be referred to as a ‘community poll.’ The change in nomenclature was based on written advice in a staff report that California law ‘does not allow advisory votes, or any election, to be conducted online.'”
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