Diebold May Exit e-Voting Business
By Ed Oswald, BetaNews
March 5, 2007, 5:02 PM

Faced with continuing criticism that is increasingly tarnishing the 150-year old company’s reputation, Diebold may be preparing to offload its electronic voting unit, say analysts quoted by the Associated PressÅ  high-profile issues with the company’s e-voting systems has put this small portion of its business at the forefront.

Randolph voting machine woes continue

WINCHESTER — After two troublesome elections last year, Randolph County’s election problems continue, with the vendor of the county’s electronic voting equipment apparently going out of business.Å In Wisconsin, the VTI company telephone number is disconnected, and Bill Benning, a former director of sales, didn’t return a message left on his cell phone…..

“From the best we can tell they no longer exist, so we have no support for our equipment,” Thornburg said.

Commission is looking for new election administrator
Saturday, March 3, 2007 12:08 PM CST

Miller Co. Arkansas Election Administrator Robby Selph resigned from his job saying this about Election Systems and Software, “The reason I am leaving is the provider of the Ivotronics and related software lacks competency to make their equipment work timely and effectively. They … make a difficult job impossible to do. They can’t spell, meet deadlines, send documents to the right address or code elections correctly. They leave races off the ballot for us to correct, they can’t program their software to work and you have to hand add the results. And they don’t return phone calls. The ES&S people in Arkansas are capable but the people I have dealt with in the home office in Omaha prevent them from being effective. They are also mean-spirited when you try to get them to correct the numerous and recurring errors.”

Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Burst water pipes endanger electronic voting machines

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – Last month’s cold snap is proving costly for the upcoming primary election in Lawrence County.

Elections Systems & Software wants $298,028 to recalibrate the county’s 275 iVotronic touch-screen voting machines because 20 of the machines may have suffered some water damage.

John Gideon of www.votersunite.org comments: The Vindicator (Youngstown, Ohio) reports that ES&S is showing Lawrence Co., Pennsylvania just why signing a contract with the company is like signing a contract with the devil. Å  The county asked ES&S to inspect those 20 machines. Instead ES&S is insisting on inspecting and recalibrating all 275 machines and they want $298,028 to do the job. So, no more free reprogramming and the county pays over $1,000 per machine for an inspection that is probably not needed.

Allegra Dengler
60 Judson Avenue
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

“Potentially, a single programmer could ‘rig’ a major election. The computer security community rejects the notion that DRE’s can be made secure, arguing that .. they are vulnerable to large-scale errors and election fraud.” The National Institute of Standards and Technology, December 2006


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