Diebold Drops Out Of North Carolina... Again

from the but-will-rewrite-election-law,-if-wanted dept

It hasn't been a good couple of weeks for voting machine maker Diebold. After getting kicked out of one Florida county and all of California, the company has announced that it's withdrawing from North Carolina, as it cannot meet the election integrity standards in place by state law. The main complaint from Diebold is that it can't hand over all the source code, because not all of it belongs to them. In fact, Diebold claims that no vendors could possibly comply with the law, though the one remaining candidate in North Carolina, Election Systems & Software, doesn't seem to have a problem with it. Even more amusing is that Diebold has offered to help the state rewrite the law so that "all vendors will be able to comply with the state election law," which made the EFF crack: "Funny. I didn't realize that the purpose of election integrity laws was to ensure that an equipment vendor could do business with the state." Of course, don't count Diebold completely out yet. Remember they were dropping out of North Carolina a month ago too -- only to get certified anyway. What's really scary is that Diebold still doesn't seem to recognize why there's so much concern about their equipment. Instead of making jokes and trying to rewrite laws, maybe they should focus on building better voting equipment that isn't easily hacked, adding in a verifiable paper audit as a backup, and then letting people really attack the security so that everyone feels more comfortable that any election using their equipment is as fair as possible. If they really believe in their ability to make accurate and secure equipment, why would they possibly keep avoiding those things?

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    Potti, Dec 23rd, 2005 @ 4:19am

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    Yes uzh, and as usually does not dispense with breaches

     

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    SteelCaress, Dec 23rd, 2005 @ 8:11am

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    Let's not forget, Walden O'Dell, chief executive of Diebold Inc at that time, told Republicans in a recent fund-raising letter that he is "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year." He resigned a few days ago, amid charges of fraud, plus concerns that Diebold may have mishandled elections in Georgia and Ohio.
    Diebold is just one more reason why staying home from elections looks like an increasingly good idea. Vote by absentee ballot. At least then your vote gets hand counted alongside dead people and convicted felons!

     

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    Andrew Strasser, Dec 23rd, 2005 @ 8:18am

    Let's just hope all states are watching these thin

    I love how you see this type of voting fraud stuff covered in the tech dirt forums, but will the rest of the world even see and care. maybe being on Google's mainpage helps. I guess at least technology people will understand but we probably do anyway. I mean we all know anything can be hacked.

    I'm glad to see they've left North Carolina though I'd be pretty sure in saying the shadow of North Carolina has not left them.

     

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    The Other Mike, Dec 23rd, 2005 @ 8:30am

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    What is it about this issue that brings out the political idealogues on both sides??

    Just for the record,whether you believe that the current administration somehow colluded to steal all your votes in the recent election or not, the real issue here is that it shouldn't be possible for ANY candidate to rig any FUTURE election. Electronic voting machines simply don't have enough penetration to cause that big of a change without raising concerns that people, who don't wear tinfoil hats (like experts), would bring up, yet.

    In other words, we are trying to stop your crooked ass side of the aisle from being able to do what you are trying to stop our crooked ass side from being able to do, so offer something constructive or don't embarrass yourself. (Just as a matter of record I am neither red nor blue - their both dirty words in my house)

     

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