Diebold digs itself in deeper

November 4th, 2003 – 10:19 pm
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Let’s see, what’s the best thing to do to allay fears about your voting software. Apparently Diebold thinks they should install uncertified software before an election.

Uncertified software may have been installed on electronic voting machines used in one California county, according to the secretary of state’s office.

Marc Carrel, assistant secretary of state for policy and planning, told attendees Thursday at a panel on voting systems that California was halting the certification process for new voting machines manufactured by Diebold Election Systems.

The reason, Carrel said, was that his office had recently received “disconcerting information” that Diebold may have installed uncertified software on its touch-screen machines used in one county.

It’s just a variation on what they apparently did in Georgia last year, and another demonstration of just how screwed up the implementation of electronic voting machines has been. The idiots at Diebold have even gotten themselves targeted by a civil disobedience campaign for their attempts to strongarm people into removing their leaked materials (which are quite damning) from the web.

If only we’d gone about this more like the Australians did. It sounds like they had the right idea from the start.

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