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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    Reed, 10 Oct 2006 @ 5:06pm

    Just let the machines decide!

    "Why bother voting. Just let Diebold tell us who won before the election."

    I agree, with all the voter fraud already going on and now this new threat of electronic voting machines what is the point of voting at all?

    Honestly, no-one even knows what they are voting for anyways! I mean they may have an idea of what someone told them or something they read somewhere, but the fact is they simply are not informed enough to make a good vote.

    So if at best we have ill-informed or mis-informed voters who's votes may or may not be counted why do we even bother anymore?

    If we all just stopped voting then the system would HAVE to change one way or another. As long as we keep getting herded in like sheep to the polls what chance we will ever have at making a difference in our government?

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