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Diebold election insecurity systems

Diebold election insecurity systems

Posted May 18, 2006 8:06 UTC (Thu) by job (guest, #670)
Parent article: Diebold election insecurity systems

Not only are the machines not designed to be secure against tampering in any way, but the really scary part is that the company behind it was majority was/is owned by a policitian.

What amazes me is that the citizens of the USA lets these things pass. I haven't seen any coverage of this in american media, except some web sites. Where are the big public outrages? Or is democracy there in a bad shape anyway, with low voter turnout etc., that this is not considered a problem?

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Diebold election insecurity systems

Posted May 18, 2006 21:52 UTC (Thu) by hazelsct (guest, #3659) [Link]

Indeed, not only a policitian, but one who wrote he was "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president [Bush] next year [2004]." You don't have to be a foaming-at-the-mouth conspiracy theorist to see that this is at least a massive conflict of interest.

Diebold election insecurity systems

Posted May 19, 2006 8:45 UTC (Fri) by donwaugaman (subscriber, #4214) [Link]

Whether a conspiracy theorist or not, it is a good thing to get the facts right.

Walden "Wally" O'Dell is not a politician, nor is he or was he a majority stockholder of Diebold. Until sometime last year, he was CEO of Diebold, and a "Pioneer" for George W. Bush's 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns (someone who organized fundraising events which bundled together campaign donations from himself and others of at least $100,000).

These facts, by the way, make things look rather worse for Mr. O'Dell, as (1) a CEO has a lot more possibilities for shenanigans^Winfluencing company operations than a stockholder, even a majority stockholder and (2) being a donor rather than someone standing for office gives rather more freedom of action.

Frankly, the scariest thing about the whole voting machine thing to me is the way that our elected officials, particularly at the state and local levels, have either been bamboozled by voting machine sales guys into ignoring security or just don't care about problems with verification of the vote.

Of course, if they've been fooled by the voting machine companies, it would behoove those of us who understand computers and the issues to educate our elected representatives on what those issues are. And at the local level, our input can make a difference.

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