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4. Diebold voting machine failures strike again in Alaska
By Ryan Paul | Published: August 25, 2006 - 08:48AM CT

Plagued by hardware defects, security vulnerabilities, and rapidly diminishing credibility, voting machine manufacturer Diebold has been dealt yet another setback as Alaskan state elections are hampered by problems with the company's products. Assorted issues with voting machines in seven precincts forced some election officials to manually count and upload votes.

The Alaskan Democratic Party had anticipated the machine failures, and encouraged voters to use paper ballots in order to ensure that their votes were not discarded or incorrectly counted. Diebold voting machines have a poor track record and a colorful history. The machines were successfully hacked by computer experts hired by Leon County, Florida, and a 2003 study of leaked Diebold voting machine code conducted by security analysts revealed that the code is fundamentally flawed and vulnerable to exploitation in numerous ways. The state of California banned Diebold machines and then sued the company in 2004, asserting that the voting machine manufacturer had installed uncertified software on the machines, violating its agreement with state and calling into question the validity of vote counts conducted with the hardware.

State Democratic Party spokeswoman and former state representative Kay Brown says "there are many systematic problems with Diebold machines that have been identified in many contexts," and feels that the occurence of "technical glitches with the machines is not surprising." A vocal critic of Diebold's technology since a 2004 election in which a catastrophic hardware malfunction caused the company's machines to miscount votes and report inexplicable 200 percent voter turnout in just under half of Alaska's House districts, Brown has written several articles criticizing Diebold, including one published earlier this month in which she claims that Diebold's hardware may have been certified fraudulently, and should not be used in state elections. Brown has also attempted to draw attention to a controversial letter sent by former Diebold CEO to prominent republicans in which the conservative businessman stated that he was "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president."

Despite a growing body of evidence of fraudulent behavior and defective products, Diebold continues to claim that its machines are secure and reliable when properly configured. Alaska's Division of Elections Director Whitney Brewster has stated that the current problems are not a result of fraudulence or tampering, and has attributed the machine failures to technological problems exclusively. Brewster feels that the vote counts are still accurate, but this latest voting machine meltdown serves as yet another glaring reminder of the risks that voting machine technology pose to the most time-honored tradition of American democracy, voting.

My common sense is telling me that these mechanical/electronic-vote/counting machines should not be used to count our votes.

Use your sense, Americans don't need to put up with this BULLSHIT we just need to use our COMMON SENSE!!

Americans JUST SAY NO, No ballots leave our neighborhoods/polling places until they are hand counted (period)

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