Diebold Says So Long To North Carolina

from the turning-tail dept

Diebold has a long history of resisting sharing the source code for its much-derided electronic voting machines, even if it's with election officials wanting to verify the machines actually work like they're supposed to. North Carolina had passed a law requiring e-voting machine vendors to make their source code available for scrutiny by officials and experts, and Diebold managed to get itself exempted from the law, drawing a suit from the EFF. Last week, a judge ruled against Diebold, saying if they wanted to sell their machines in North Carolina, they'd have to follow the law. Diebold's response is pretty predictable: they'd rather not do business in the state than expose their code. The company just doesn't seem to get it: elections, and the equipment used in them, need to be transparent and open to public scrutiny. Running away rather than opening their code won't engender much trust in their equipment, in North Carolina, or anywhere.

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    fuzzmanmatt, 30 Nov 2005 @ 1:10pm

    Old Skool

    When I was in fourth grade, I was taken on a tour of the local city's offices. They explained how the entire election system worked to us, demonstrated the equipment, and let us count the votes. They had special ballots for us to use and everything. It was the old skool punchcard style machines, but it worked, and we knew exactly how it worked. Later on, I moved to a different town, but the same thing happened. This time, instead of the punchcards, it was fill in the bubble machines. Those worked amazing, and nobody questioned them. Where I'm at now, the last time I went to vote, it was a paper where we completed a line next to our chosen candidates name, and nobody questioned it. As soon as you introduce a GUI on a computer, people begin to question it, because it's hard to hide things on a piece of paper, it's not hard to hide things in a piece of software.

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