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Amaryllis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-06-06 06:26 PM
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Bradblog: VERY good news RE: Diebold in MD! Go get 'em, gov & MD house!
Edited on Mon Mar-06-06 06:31 PM by Amaryllis

MD Republican Guv Demands Paperless Diebold Touch-Screen Voting Machines Be Sent Back to Fed Authorities for More Testing
New Letter from Governor to State Board of Election Repeats Call for Paper Ballots, Expresses Additional Concerns About Security of E-Voting in Diebold's 'Showcase State' of Maryland

Says Machines May Be Vulnerable to 'Hursti-like Attack' Even if California's Recommended Security Measures are Implemented

Maryland's Republican Governor Ehrlich continues to face the music about the Diebold voting machines that his state bought into hook, line and sinker (emphasis on sinker). He's been had by Diebold's use of the state as a "showcase", but at least he now seems brave enough to admit it, even while the Diebold dead-enders (like State Elections Board Chairman Gilles W. Burger and Democratic Election Administrator Linda H. Lamone who brokered the deal) are trying to hang on to the very last.

Ehrlich has sent a new letter to Burger today, demanding that Maryland's paperless touch-screen Diebold voting machines be sent back to federal authorities for further testing in light of recent discoveries of the vulnerability of the machines to hacking and tampering. Ehrlich writes, "We are spending too much time protecting the status quo instead of evaluating Marylands current election system from an objective and unbiased perspective.

Go here for more and a copy of the letter:
URL: http://www.bradblog.com/archives/00002506.htm

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MD House Committee Votes 20-3 to Scrap Diebold Touch-Screens in State!
AP Reports Again on E-Voting Issues!
MD Elections Director, Diebold Champion Linda Lamone Still Has a Job!
URL: http://www.bradblog.com/archives/00002503.htm
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-06-06 06:51 PM
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1. Well, this does seem good. Sort of.
The letter states:

"Recommendation 1: That the State Board of Elections refer the Diebold AccuVote-TS voting unit and the AccuBasic source code to the Independent Testing Authority and also to an independent qualified security expert to determine whether existing security flaws can be mitigated."

WTF good will that do? Give us another report that says the equipment is hackable so take two aspirins and call me after the election?


Will anyone have the guts to send Diebold (and the others) back to the ITA EXPRESSLY for the purpose of ascertaining if the equipment MEETS the 2002 VVSG.

Is that too much to ask? :shrug:

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kster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-06-06 07:49 PM
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2. Kick-n-Recommended
Hopefully this statement at the end means something good for the cause, only so much Diebold and the media can keep covered up when more and more people keep looking at the facts about these machines.

"Much more to come. In Maryland and everywhere else. And soon. Bank on it".
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MissWaverly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-06-06 08:39 PM
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3. hope so
I would really like the states to get back every penny of the money that went into
these monsters.
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electropop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-06-06 09:55 PM
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4. I heard that on the radio.
I was shocked, because generally, Erlich is a prick: pro-gambling, corporatist, etc. Last week I saw a sign way up on a crane in somebody's yard: "Go Flush Yourself, Gov Erlich!"
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texpatriot2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-06-06 11:05 PM
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5. Thanks for this news Brad nm
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