Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Diebold Knew

Attorneys warned firm that use of uncertified vote-counting software violated state law

Diebold knew of legal risks

Well, big, fat, hairy, white, rich, republican, surprise.

Attorneys for Diebold Election Systems Inc. warned in late November that its use of uncertified vote-counting software in Alameda County violated California election law and broke its $12.7 million contract with Alameda County.
Soon after, a review of internal legal memos obtained by the Oakland Tribune shows Diebold's attorneys at the Los Angeles office of Jones Day realized the McKinney, Texas-based firm also faced a threat of criminal charges and exile from California elections.
Yet despite warnings from the state's chief elections officer, Diebold continued fielding poorly tested, faulty software and hardware in at least two of California's largest urban counties during the Super Tuesday primary, when e-voting temporarily broke down and voters were turned away at the polls.

I was there, kids.

More than 600 of the devices froze or displayed unfamiliar screens and error messages on the morning of Super Tuesday, for failure rates of 24 percent in Alameda County and about 40 percent in San Diego County.


In fact, Diebold engineers were writing and rewriting the software at DESI headquarters in Texas and in Sacramento, supplying the latest versions two weeks before the encoders failed at high rates in the Super Tuesday presidential primary.

Yep. The night before we received the machines, as all of us (system inspectors and assistant system inspectors) were told during our training and supplies pick-up, Diebold technicians had been installing software on them. The UI had changed from what the trainer's script instructed.

What else had changed?

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