NEW DETAILS: Laura Pressley appeals 2014 election challenge to Texas Supreme Court


Undeterred by the findings of a district judge and an appellate court, Laura Pressley has filed a petition with the Texas Supreme Court over her 2014 loss to Austin City Council Member Greg Casar.

The 432-page filing, which includes supporting documents from the two-year-old court battle, was received by the court Friday. It reiterates Pressley’s contention that the Travis County Clerk’s Office, which runs the elections, broke the law by not securing “ballot images” from its electronic voting machines. Pressley’s attorneys have argued that made it impossible to determine the actual outcome of the December 2014 runoff, and therefore, they argue, a new election should be held.

HOW WE GOT HERE: Key events in Pressley’s election challenge

Casar’s attorneys have argued that the “cast vote record” maintained by Travis County — a record showing each voter’s chosen slate of candidates — is widely recognized as being the same as a “ballot image.” As the victor in the race, Casar is the defendant in the election challenge.

Casar won the 2014 runoff with nearly 65 percent of the vote, an outcome that didn’t change after Pressley requested a recount. Casar won reelection last fall with 61 percent of the vote in North Austin’s District 4.

A state district court judge threw out Pressley’s lawsuit in 2015 and later ordered Pressley and her first attorney, David Rodgers, to pay $100,000 in sanctions for failing to back up key arguments. At the time, Judge Dan Mills warned the fines, which help cover Casar’s legal expenses, would escalate if Pressley appealed and lost.

In December, the Texas Third Court of Appeals upheld that district court ruling. Pressley spent $215,000 in legal fees to contest the defeat.



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