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December 22, 2005

California Refuses To Certify Diebold Voting Machines

The California Secretary of State has refused to certify Diebold voting machines used in 17 counties there, citing "unresolved significant security concerns" with the memory cards that store votes. This comes a week after similar machines in Florida were hacked in a demonstration that showed how vote tallies on the cards could be rigged. The Secretary of State's office wants Diebold to turn over its source code for examination, and the company says it's "always willing to participate in responsible testing" -- which is odd, seeing as how it said earlier it would rather pull out of North Carolina than submit its code for review there (but, of course, got certified anyway). Diebold doesn't do much to instill confidence that its machines are secure, and enough questions remain around other machines as well to make it clear that the testing and certification process needs to be greatly improved. While Diebold thinks only secrecy can deliver security, it's really transparency that's needed most.

Posted by dymaxion at December 22, 2005 12:36 AM



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