Worst Ever Flaw Found in Diebold Voting Machine

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I dont have much to say about this one, except that I hope we can go back to paper ballots or at the very least, electronic backed up with paper receipts. This kind of stuff just turns my stomach and you have to wonder who is in control of these things and why it is so easy to change them.

From The Open Voting Foundation:

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA — “This may be the worst security flaw we have seen in touch screen voting machines,” says Open Voting Foundation president, Alan Dechert. Upon examining the inner workings of one of the most popular paperless touch screen voting machines used in public elections in the United States, it has been determined that with the flip of a single switch inside, the machine can behave in a completely different manner compared to the tested and certified version.

“Diebold has made the testing and certification process practically irrelevant,” according to Dechert. “If you have access to these machines and you want to rig an election, anything is possible with the Diebold TS — and it could be done without leaving a trace. All you need is a screwdriver.” This model does not produce a voter verified paper trail so there is no way to check if the voter’s choices are accurately reflected in the tabulation. ”

There’s more at The Open Voting Foundation

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