2005/12/21

McPherson Puts the Kibosh on Diebold in California

Secretary of State Bruce McPherson refused to recertify Diebold's optical-scan and touchscreen voting machines pending a Federal investigation to determine if the memory cards are tamper resistant. These same cards were "hacked" during a recent test in Florida resulting in Leon, Co. throwing Diebold out.

McPherson has also stipulated that voting machine source-code be submitted to Federal testing authorities before another application for recertification can even be submitted. This last part may be a critical issue that will keep Diebold out of California permanently since they exited the North Carolina market rather than allow their source code to be examined.

Now Californians need to hope that federal test are impartial and thorough.

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