COLUMBUS, Ohio - A judge has denied a lawsuit claiming that software the state of Ohio uses to speed vote counting could make equipment vulnerable to having ballots altered. The federal lawsuit alleged that software used in 25 Ohio counties could allow vote manipulation by non-election board officials. The lawsuit was leveled against Ohio's elections chief Jon Husted and Omaha, Neb.-based Election Systems and Software which created the software installed by the state. Attorneys for Husted said the software can't alter votes and argued that changing the system now could lead to election delays and confusion. A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit at 2 p.m. on Election Day.
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