Posted on Tue, Mar. 07, 2006
IN MY OPINION
Election official hammered for telling the truth
BY FRED GRIMM
Ion Sancho may be a hero in California, where grateful election officials have verified the ”serious security vulnerabilities” in Diebold voting machines that the Leon County election supervisor uncovered last year.
Sancho is regarded a little differently in Florida.
Florida’s secretary of state’s office disparaged Sancho’s finding, demonstrating considerably more interest in propping up vendors than protecting elections.
California, alarmed by Sancho’s report, dispatched its independent, expert-laden Voting Systems Technology Assessment Advisory Board to conduct its own investigation.
Florida, meanwhile, threatened to sue Sancho.
VOTING MACHINE VENDORS
When two of the only three voting machine vendors certified to do business in Florida (other potential competitors are shut out) refused to sell new machines to the troublemaking maverick from Leon County, the state snatched $564,421 in grant money away from Leon County for failing to meet a deadline for — you guessed it — obtaining new machines.