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A-Schwarzenegger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-05-04 04:28 PM
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Was there a quote from the inventor of the e-voting machine
that he would do everything he could to get Bush elected?
Or am I misremembering?
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MagickMuffin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-05-04 04:39 PM
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1. your memory is alright
Wally O'Dell says that he is "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the President next year."

http://www.democraticunderground.com/top10/03/124.html

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A-Schwarzenegger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-05-04 04:50 PM
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2. Thank you.
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MagickMuffin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-05-04 05:05 PM
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3. You're welcome
I like to help out anyway that I can!
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A-Schwarzenegger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-05-04 08:51 PM
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4. Was Diebold the firm that supplied evoting machines in Ohio?
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Mr_Spock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-05-04 08:53 PM
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5. Some of them
No all, from what I understand.
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MagickMuffin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-05-04 09:20 PM
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6. You should check out his link
it has information about DIEbold and ES&S. An interesting read....

In Ohio, Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell has already signed $100 million in agreements to purchase voting machines. The bulk of the purchases would go to Diebold and ES&S, and Blackwell insists there is no need for paper receipts. Considering the political opposition and the companies wait-and-see approach, its almost certain that voters using touch-screen machines in November will walk away from their polling places without ever seeing a printed record of their choices.

At a trade fair held recently here in Columbus, a wide range of companies seeking to fill that void demonstrated technologies that could easily and cheaply provide paper receipts for ballots. One such product, called TruVote, provides two separate voting receipts. The first is shown under plexiglass, and displays the choices made by a vote on the touch screen. This copy falls into a lockbox after the voter approves it. The second is provided to the voter. TruVote is already attracting fans, among them Brooks Thomas, Tennessee's Coordinator of Elections. "I've not seen anything that compares to TruVote validation system." Georgia's Assistant Secretary of State, Terrell L. Slayton, Jr., calls the device is the "perfect solution." But Blackwell argues the campaign for a paper ballot trail for Ohio is an attempt to "derail" reform. He says he'll comply with the demand only if Congress mandates it.

http://www.motherjones.com/commentary/columns/2004/03/0...
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Trahurn Donating Member (297 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-05-04 10:34 PM
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7. I Clearly Remember
The executives at Diebold "guaranteed" Bush a victory in 2004. It has bothered me since I first heard the quote in the first part of the year. Why does an executive with the manufacturer of electronic voting machines make such an inappropriate statement and why should a manufacturer care. After all the Diebold executive should be much more concerned in the credibility and reliability of their machine much more than promising a candidate a win. What they should have said is they guaranteed Bush and all of American a fair and honest voter count from all of their machines.
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