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Thursday, October 21, 2004

Flaws in Electronic Voting Machines hurt Diebold

It seems that the troubles with Diebold's electronic voting machines have hurt their profits as a result of the legal costs incurred. Unfortunately, they are still going to be using the flawed machines in this coming election which could provide for even more trouble in the court room after November 2nd. Click on the title for the Forbes article discussing the troubles of Diebold.

For those of you who don't know about Diebold's republican ties:

I hope everyone remembers the internal memo from the CEO of Diebold Incorporated. Walden O'dell CEO of Diebold stated in a Republican Fundraising letter that he was "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year." This would be expected from most big business owners, unfortunately this Guy is in charge of the company that produces the electronic Voting Machines in OHIO!

There is supposed to be a commission to regulate electronic voting machines under the Helping America Vote Act (HAVA). However, the nominees to the commission have just recently been submitted to the Senate for approval, so there is no way they will be regulating the machines used in this coming election.
Another problem is that Diebold is attempting to censor anyone who links to the internal memos, using copyright law. Although these are baseless claims many internet service providers have backed down. Dennis Kucinich does not have to since his site is through the House of Reps., here is the link

I just wonder how corporations can gain any more influence over the elections. They already have the media in their back pocket. Now they are gaining control over the voting machines.
What can we do about this? I hope it doesn't have to large of an impact on this election and maybe we can work to remedy the system before 2006.

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