Yet Another E-Voting Glitch; This One Adds 5,000 Phantom Votes
from the oops dept
ES&S, of course, has been especially bad when it comes to transparency, despite numerous stories of glitches. It's also the company that had an employee stop by here on Techdirt, call us all "idiots" while insisting that the machines were perfectly fine and that the machines are "extremely scrutinized and very reliable" and anyone questioning their reliability was simply relying on "conspiracy blogs." Of course, his focus was on the idea that the machines were "hacked" -- a charge we never made. Our concern -- and the concern of many others -- are that the machines are unreliable, prone to errors and have serious security and process flaws. Considering how many stories we've seen of problems with those machines in real elections, that seems to be proven fact -- not "conspiracy."
And yet, ES&S has always resisted any real scrutiny. When California looked to investigate e-voting machines more fully, ES&S was the one vendor who held out for months beyond the deadline, before finally submitting its source code along with a threatening letter about how it would personally sue the Secretary of State if any of its trade secrets got out. Of course, soon after this, we found out that even its certified code didn't much matter, since it had given California machines with uncertified code for an election. In the end, not surprisingly, ES&S machines were found to have significant problems, and were decertified in California. Perhaps South Dakota should have taken note.