Up Yours, Diebold

Posted by: on Apr 22, 2004 | One Comment

Advisory panel here in California votes 8-0 to ditch Diebold e-voting machines for the Nov. 2nd election.

These machines produce no paper trail, which is in-and-of-itself monumentally stoopid, but their attempts to screw Maryland when they raised the same issue, along with their constant Bush fellating, means these jokers should of been kicked to the curb long ago.


An e-mail found in a collection of files stolen from Diebold Elections Systems’ internal database recommends charging Maryland “out the yin-yang” if the state requires Diebold to add paper printouts to the $73 million voting system it purchased.

The e-mail from “Ken,” dated Jan. 3, 2003, discusses a (Baltimore) Sun article about a University of Maryland study of the Diebold system:

“There is an important point that seems to be missed by all these articles: they already bought the system. At this point they are just closing the barn door. Let’s just hope that as a company we are smart enough to charge out the yin if they try to change the rules now and legislate voter receipts.”

“Ken” later clarifies that he meant “out the yin-yang,” adding, “any after-sale changes should be prohibitively expensive.”

Perhaps the GOP won’t be spewing that “We can win California!” crap now that their secret weapon is gone.