Friday, August 22, 2008


Election software may have been losing votes for ten years

by Larry Geller

Hey, just in time. Wish I had seen this before writing the previous post:

Electronic Voting Company Admits System Flaw Could Cause Lost Votes

A major electronic voting company has acknowledged its voting system contains a critical programming error that can cause votes to be dropped and lost. The company, Premier Election Solutions, formerly known as Diebold, said the problem has been part of its software for ten years but was only recently identified. The flawed software is on both touchscreen and optical scan voting machines made by Premier, which supplies voting machines to thirty-four states. [Democracy Now, 8/22/2008]

Ten Years! A problem that could have caused lost votes has been part of their software for ten years!

This is a different manufacturer, but again I ask, why is Hawaii risking our voting system with a precipitously granted and questionable contract for voting computers while other states back off?

And who will do something about it?


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