Diebold Swears Everything Will Work Perfectly In Time For The Election
from the somehow,-I-doubt-it dept
Even if you ignored the history of problems with Diebold's voting machines, and just looked at the problems Maryland had a few weeks ago with Diebold's electronic voting machines, it's pretty difficult to believe that the company will have a "total fix" of the machines in the next few weeks. However, since Diebold's machines have a ridiculously long list of problems for many, many years, combined with Diebold's typically indifferent, misleading or mocking responses to each report of problems, it's shouldn't even be an option to believe that they'll actually be able to deliver glitch free (and secure) machines (note that they're not promising to fix any of the security issues, just a few of the glitches that were seen last time). Also given that last minute changes are likely to introduce new, unexpected, problems since there won't be any real ability to test them, this could just make things worse. Of course, the article about Diebold quotes elections administrator Linda Lamone: "We're not going to use the e-poll books unless Diebold is able to demonstrate to me that they're in tip-top shape." That would be the same Linda Lamone who claimed that no one in her office had ever had computer problems, so you have to wonder what her definition of "tip-top shape" is.