Following last week's revelation of votes lost
in California thanks to Premier (better known as Diebold) and its voting equipment, The Register
points us to even more votes lost by Premier/Diebold machines in Ohio
. Again, it was only because of a special, rare, spot check, which isn't commonly done with these machines, that the lost votes were noticed. And, as usual, Diebold... er... Premier downplayed the discovery:
"We have not seen this particular condition anywhere else in Ohio or anywhere else in the country."
Is it really that
difficult for the company to admit that it screwed up? For quite some time now, pretty much every investigation and every more detailed look at any kind of e-voting equipment have turned up similar failures. For the company to brush it off because it hasn't seen "this particular condition" anywhere else is ridiculous. It does make you wonder, though, why anyone would ever buy such equipment and use it in an actual election.