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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-09 03:15 AM
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(Diebold Makes it) Hard to Know Who Actually Won in Maryland Political Races
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This story reminds me of Humboldt County.

Hard to Know Who Actually Won in Maryland Political Races

MARYLAND - 1/2/2009

Based on a lawsuit filed by Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler in late December 2008 against the supplier of Marylands voting machines, it is conceivable that election results may have been inaccurate since the machines were purchased in 2001.

As stated in the suit, Maryland discovered that the approximately $90 million purchase of equipment landed the state with machines that were susceptible to fraud and breeches of security. The lawsuit names Premier Election Solutions (formerly Global Election Systems and Diebold Election Systems) as defendant in the $8.47 million action.

Independent investigations of the machines and the system, which were initiated in 2004 demonstrated the flaws in the system. Since that time, the state has spent in excess of $8 million to repair the machines. The lawsuit seeks to recoup the moneys spent trying to correct the identified flaws.

The 2004 study concluded that the voting system did not meet the states information Security Policy and Standards and that further work was required to ensure that there was, in place, a process checks and balances, which ensured the integrity of the system. Perhaps one of the most disconcerting findings showed that the system neither guaranteed election vote totals nor transmitted election results with 100 percent verifiably accurate results.


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