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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