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Lori Price CLG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:26 PM
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Worley picks Diebold over recommended firm for new voter system (AL)
Worley picks Diebold over recommended firm for new voter system

Secretary of State (Alabama) Nancy Worley's choice of a company to develop a statewide voter registration system surprised an advisory committee that had unanimously recommended two competitors.

Worley, a Democrat, said she picked Diebold Inc. because its bid of $2.3 million was much lower than the $3.88 million bid by a partnership of Electronic Data Systems and SysCon and $3.92 million bid by a partnership of Election Systems & Software and Unisys, The Huntsville Times reported.

A 24-member advisory committee, which includes Democratic and Republican public officials as well as private citizens, spent more than a year in deliberations and unanimously recommended the partnership of ES&S and Unisys.

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Lori Price
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Benhurst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:30 PM
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1. Sends a great message. Your vote is worthless, might as well
go cheap.
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:33 PM
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2. Paper ballots are the cheapest by far.
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 09:34 PM by tridim
ES&S or Diebold, huh. :eyes:
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Dragonfli Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:34 PM
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3. A choice between two wolves
To protect the hens.

Isn't ES&S just as fixed?
Why didn't anybody review paper ballot systems?
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:35 PM
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4. I noticed the other day that Diebold designed my ATM machine
that spits out my balance everytime I withdraw $$$. Man, sometimes I am in outter space.
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LisaL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:18 PM
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13. Yep, I have been using Diebold's ATM.
Every time I withdraw money, I feel like I am in a presence of EVIL.
LOL.
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lovuian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:36 PM
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5. this is where computers take over the world by taking your vote
away!!! this is downright horrible!!!
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cosmicdot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:47 PM
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6. why can't a moratorium be called on this (HAVA spending)? n/t
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countmyvote4real Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:56 PM
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7. You get what you pay for.
And yes that can be read on many levels.
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wakeme2008 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:23 PM
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8. This woman is on DRUG or kick backs
"SysCon estimated the cost at $2.29 million, ES&S at $1.19 million, and Diebold at $154,081"

As a computer geek, there is no way the software could be written for that prices.

There will be cost overruns from day one...

She must know that.
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zara Donating Member (470 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:26 PM
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9. Newsflash--Stupid Democrat does Really Dumb Thing!!!!
Sells election to GOP thieves for 2.3 million.
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Skwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:04 PM
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10. The Democrats in Palm Beach County approved buying
electronic voting machines even though Jeb Bush and Kathleen Harris were pushing their purchase. You think that would have made them go hmmm... maybe this isn't such a great idea. Not to mention the MIT report that concluded electronic voting machines were more unreliable than punch card machines (with the hanging chads).
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fshrink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:14 PM
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11. Hey! It proved it worked like a gem! nt
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high density Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:15 PM
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12. Why don't more states adopt optical scan paper ballots?
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 11:17 PM by high density
I don't understand why so many people who are making these decisions purchase these vulnerable voting machines.

Oh and the price that Diebold quoted for the software... $152k? I wouldn't be surprised if it ends up costing a million or two more than that.
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