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Automatic Voting Machine Corporation v. County of Maricopa

Supreme Court of Arizona

July 15, 1937

AUTOMATIC VOTING MACHINE CORPORATION, Appellant,
v.
COUNTY OF MARICOPA, STATE OF ARIZONA, Appellee

APPEAL from a judgment of the Superior Court of the County of Maricopa. G. A. Rodgers, Judge. Judgment affirmed.

Messrs. Kibbey, Bennett, gust, Smith & Rosenfeld, for Appellant.

Mr. Harry Johnson, County Attorney, and Mr. Mark Wilmer, his Deputy, for Appellee.

OPINION

Page 448

[50 Ariz. 212] LOCKWOOD, J.

This is an appeal by Automatic Voting Machine Corporation, hereinafter called plaintiff, from a judgment in favor of County of Maricopa, a municipal corporation of the State of Arizona, hereinafter called defendant. The defendant demurred to the complaint on the ground that it did not state a cause of action, and the demurrer being sustained by the court, and plaintiff refusing to plead further, judgment was rendered in favor of defendant. The question before us then is whether the complaint states a cause of action. Its allegations, which we must assume for the purpose of the appeal state the facts, may be summarized as follows:

On or prior to the 29th day of October, 1934, plaintiff was the owner of certain voting machines which were devised for the purpose of providing a better method of voting at elections than the common one of paper ballots. On that date the parties hereto entered into a certain agreement, in writing, in regard to forty-five of such machines. The portions of such agreement which it is necessary for us to consider on the appeal read as follows:

"THIS AGREEMENT,...

"1 -- Witnesseth: That for and in consideration of the sum of Eleven Thousand Sixty-eight and 20/100 Dollars ($11,068.20) paid in County Warrants, by the County, receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, the [50 Ariz. 213] Company hereby rents to the County forty-five (45) voting machines, hereinafter described, for use in the Primary and General elections of the year 1934....

"7 -- The Company agrees that the County, at its option, shall have the right to rent said forty-five (45) voting machines for the Primary and General Elections of 1936 for the sum of Eleven Thousand Sixty-eight and 20/100 Dollars ($11,068.20). Said option to be exercised between the first day of July, 1935, and the 1st day of August, 1935, and to be in writing and the rent thereunder to be paid on or before June 30, 1936. Said rental contract to give the County the option of renting said machines for the sum of Eleven Thousand Sixty-eight and 20/100 Dollars ($11,068.20) for each next succeeding Primary and General Election thereafter.

"8 -- The Company agrees that the County, at its option, shall have the right to purchase said 45 voting machines at any time hereafter for the sum of $1118.00 per machine plus interest from date at 6% per annum, and that all payments that shall have been paid for rent under this or subsequent contracts for rent shall be applied on the purchase price.

"9 -- The County agrees that, while said 45 rented and 16 loaned machines are in its possession, it will be responsible for

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their safety and good care, and, by suitable storage and insurance, protect them ...


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