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Bill Bored Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 09:36 PM
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UNCERTIFIED!
Edited on Thu Feb-16-06 09:44 PM by Bill Bored
<http://rawstory.com/news/2005/Documents_show_Maryland_h... >
Documents show Maryland held election, primary on uncertified, illegal Diebold voting machines

Carlos Miller
Published: February 16, 2006

The Maryland State Board of Elections allowed Diebold Election Systems to operate its touch-screen voting machines during the state's 2002 gubernatorial election and the 2004 presidential primaries before the state agency actually certified the controversial machines, according to recently disclosed documents.

That is a violation of state law, according to Linda Schade, executive director of TrueVoteMD.org, an election integrity group.

Schade discovered the document among thousands of others she recently acquired through a lawsuit filed against the Maryland State Board of Elections in 2004. After almost two years of public records requests and attorney wrangling, she received four boxes filled with e-mail conversations, faxes and contracts between the elections office and Diebold.

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"I no longer have confidence in the State Board of Elections' ability to conduct fair and accurate elections in 2006," the Republican governor stated in the four-page letter.

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(If they think this is bad, wait til they use the CERTIFIED ones!) :rofl:
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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 09:50 PM
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1. Excellent news. I should would hate to be a stockholder. bwa-wa-wa!
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Melissa G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 10:21 PM
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2. off to Greatest! Good Find BB! n/t
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Klukie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 11:05 PM
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3. Great news!
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-17-06 04:21 AM
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4. K&R n/t
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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-17-06 07:17 AM
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5. Thread on MD Governor's blast of the Diebold voting machines -LINK:
And the governor is REPUBLICAN.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
thread title (2-16-06 GD): Maryland's Republican Governor Issues Devastating Blow to Diebold!
Comment/excerpt: A BradBlog post & report: Calls for Paper Ballots, Decries Lack of Security, 1000% Increase in Maintenance Cost for Diebold Voting System! In Letter to Election Board, Guv of Diebold's Model State Declares He 'No Longer Has Confidence in Their Ability to Conduct Fair and Accurate Elections'

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4_TN_TITANS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-17-06 10:15 AM
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6. It goes both ways....
A Republican in a blue state has as much reason for voting integrity concerns as a Dem in a red state (like me).
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rumpel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-17-06 12:46 PM
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7. So, all elections held during that time should be invalidated...
:evilgrin:
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-18-06 05:44 AM
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8. What a great read!

my favorite...

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And the fact that they were eventually certified does not even place them in compliance with the law, said Douglas W. Jones, an associate professor of computer science at the University of Iowa, who has been studying flaws within computer voting machines since the 1990s.

"The question is, should it have even been certified in the first place?" he asked. "My reading of the 1990 and 2002 standards suggests that use of the software from the PCMCIA cards should not have been in use in the first place."

Jones is referring to the standards put forth by the Federal Election Commission in those years, which the states have to legally abide by in order to receive federal funding.

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