Diebold Machine Didn't Count Votes, But Diebold Says Not To Worry: They Can Tell You The Actual Vote Totals

from the whoops dept

The situation in Maryland with Diebold voting machines already looked pretty bad with no real fix in sight. However, they're apparently even worse than we had assumed before. Tim Lee, over at The Technology Liberation Front points us to a story on Avi Rubin's blog, posting an email from a Chief Judge for the recent problematic election. Turns out that one of the Diebold machines at his site recorded zero votes on the memory card for the election, despite the fact that fifty-five people were logged voting at that machine. There was no warning or error message on the machine that would have, you know, let anyone know that the machine shouldn't be used or their votes wouldn't be recorded. While in the end, they were able to recover the votes by looking at the additional on-board memory (not the memory card) on the machine, Rubin points out all of the problems with this method, including the fact that they're reliant on Diebold to recover these votes and provide an accurate tally. Once again, this seems to highlight just how many problems there are with these voting machines and should make everyone question why we're rushing them into the voting booths so quickly, without adequate tests.

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    Clarence T, 10 Oct 2006 @ 9:42am

    Re: Retarded Engineers ?

    I agree to a certain extent, but it more probably is the company suits. I am a software engineer and I have been in countless situations where the product was advertised and even touted long before the coding was completed to expand and prepare the market for the application.

    Our development schedule was basically created by marketing suits with their heads up the CEO's A$$ and of course they had no ability to determine the schedule other than to say that such and such program was developed in this time period. having CIOs is supposed to alleviate us of this pain and it does for the most part.

    Anyway, that forced us to release a buggy program that we were NOT proud of because the prez and VP got the CEO to sign off on Bull@#$%. It could be the same with Diebold. but what's worse is that this goes to the very heart of our right to vote.

    We could have so little control over the actual outcome of the election that its beyond scary. How far fetched is it to imagine this being exploited to fix an election Baghdad style? One dollar the right way and !boom!, a machine's not working, the chad problem goes high tech, votes are miscounted and Jeb Bush's our next president, thus,

    I agree wholheartedly with the person who suggested the open source format. Created by the people for the people, you know, the stuff this country was built upon.

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