Tuesday, November 29, 2005

If Congressional elections were held today, would you vote for a Democratic or Republican candidate? - Newsweek Politics - MSNBC.com

If Congressional elections were held today, would you vote for a Democratic or Republican candidate? - Newsweek Politics - MSNBC.com: "If Congressional elections were held today, would you vote for a Democratic or Republican candidate? * 91507 responses



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Diebold scolded by judge in N. Carolina


RALEIGH, N.C. A leading elections vendor may withdraw from bidding to offer new voting equipment in North Carolina.
That's after a judge today dismissed the company's request to protect it from potential criminal liability for failing to provide certain software code.
Diebold Election Systems is worried that it could be charged with a felony one day if someone determines it didN'T place all of its code aside for examination by election officials in case there's a voting mishap.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Computer Hacker Invited To Break Into State's Voting Machines


POSTED: 8:25 am PST November 26, 2005

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A Finnish computer hacker plans to break into one of California's electronic voting machines -- but he has the state's permission.

As part of a security test, Secretary of State Bruce McPherson asked Harri Hursti to attempt to infiltrate one of the voting machines made by Diebold Election Systems.

The company is one of the nation's largest manufacturers of electronic voting systems and is trying to get its new system approved for use in California.

The tests will use a randomly selected voting machine from one of the 17 counties that currently use a Diebold system.

Hursti was asked to try to demonstrate that machines made by Diebold are vulnerable to hacker attacks and can be used to manipulate the results of an election.

The company's machines were blamed for disruptions in the March 2004 primary election in California.

The problem with this?
Hacking the Diebold machines isnt really very smart. Not when a small child could hack the tabulators and switch millions of votes in about 30 seconds. Just another case of:

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

US sues Missouri over voters in 2004 election

Tue Nov 22, 2005 9:17 PM ET
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has sued Missouri, a swing state won easily by President George W. Bush, for voting violations in the 2004 election, including registering more people to vote in some counties than their entire voting-age population.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Diebold Attempts to Evade Election Transparency Laws

Why Isnt This Mandatory in EVERY State?

EFF Goes to Court to Force E-voting Company to Comply With Strict New North Carolina LawRaleigh, North Carolina - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is going to court in North Carolina to prevent Diebold Election Systems, Inc. from evading North Carolina law.In a last-minute filing, e-voting equipment maker Diebold asked a North Carolina court to exempt it from tough new election requirements designed to ensure transparency in the state's elections. Diebold obtained an extraordinarily broad order, allowing it to avoid placing its source code in escrow with the state and identifying programmers who contributed to the code.On behalf of North Carolina voter and election integrity advocate Joyce McCloy, EFF asked the court to force Diebold and every other North Carolina equipment vendor to comply with the law's requirements. A hearing on EFF's motion is set for Monday, November 28

The new law was passed for a reason: to ensure that the voters of North Carolina have confidence in the integrity and accuracy of their elections," said EFF Staff Attorney Matt Zimmerman. "In stark contrast to every other equipment vendor that placed a bid with the state, Diebold went to court complaining that it simply couldn't comply with the law. Diebold should spend its efforts developing a system that voters can trust, not asking a court to let it bypass legal requirements aimed at ensuring voting integrity

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