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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    lisa, 30 Nov 2005 @ 1:42pm

    Re: No Subject Given

    AC said "I wouldn't open it up either...

    If the officials want to determine if the machine is secure, they can try to hack it. Opening up the source code is total bull crap."

    The idea they might hire an incompetent hacker was just covered here a couple days ago so I'll leave that one alone, but there are other things that can go wrong besides evil Republicans/Democrats attaching keyboards in the voting booth, typing secret for the password, and changing the votes.

    There is more to vote counting than the machine licking its electronic finger and saying "One, two , three..."

    For instance, what are the rules for when someone chooses 2 or 4 candidates in a "choose 3" race? Will the program do it right? Maybe it will not count the rest of the ballot or will carry the overvote over to the next race or ballot. It's happened before.


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