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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Diebold Comes Clean

Remember hearing people talk about not trusting electronic voting machines?

Remember the head of DIEBOLD saying the he would "deliver the election" in 2004 to Bush?

This story kind of validates all these people's fears.

California — Premier Election Solutions (formerly Diebold Election Systems) admitted in a state hearing Tuesday that the audit logs produced by its tabulation software miss significant events, including the act of someone deleting votes on election day.

The company acknowledged that the problem exists with every version of its tabulation software.

The revelation confirmed that a problem uncovered by Threat Level in January, and reiterated in a report released two weeks ago by the California secretary of state's office, has widespread implications for election jurisdictions around the country that use any version of the company's Global Election Management System (GEMS) software to tabulate votes. The GEMS software is used to tabulate votes cast on every Premier/Diebold touch-screen or optical-scan machine, and is used in more than 1,400 election districts in 31 states. Maryland and Georgia use Premier/Diebold systems exclusively, therefore the GEMS software counts every vote statewide.


More from Kim Zetter @ Wired

Some videos, including the documentary "Hacking Democracy" can be found here

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